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I Remember Life Before Computers

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    Way Back When

    Yes, I can recall the way the world was before the Commodore 64... It was a time when I wrote everything down on paper, with a pen. It was a time when I played electronic games only in disreputable pool halls and pinball parlours. When I got a lot more letters than I do now ...
    amberdextrous amberdextrous 51-55, M 6 Responses Nov 7, 2009

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    Well I am 27 so this is from my earliest

    memories, but than I was obsessed with computers from age 3. The first computer I had was a three year old Apple IIe the first thing I did was change the screen resolution second was to crash the computer and third was to figure out in half an hour how to fix the problem. By the...
    drsepheroth drsepheroth 26-30, M Nov 30, 2014

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    Life Was Simpler

    I can remember coming home from school and doing my homework, then going outside to play. In a way, computers - and the internet in general - enslave us.
    Ichilicious Ichilicious 26-30, M Jan 9, 2012

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    I Think The World Was A Better Place Back Then

    i think back to life inthe 60 and the differance inhow outher treated each other and how much less goveremnt we had in our lifes and how much better life was
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Jun 27, 2011

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    How The Laptop Changed My Life

     I realize the devotion of this catagory to life in general before computers, but when I saw it, it made me think of my own story of life before computers....or at least before I ever touched a PC.  For reasons I won't go into here, I steadfastly refused to own a...
    lonesurvivor lonesurvivor 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 13, 2010

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    How On Earth Did We Manage????

    If we wanted to message someone... We wrote a letter....no email, no text messages...no Facebook... If we took a photograph ... We had to wait till the roll of film was finished ... Then we waited a week for it to be processed... And if people wanted to see the photos ... They...
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M Jul 18, 2013

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    I was 11 before we got a puter.

    It was a commodore 128.
    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M Aug 20, 2014

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    Well Maybe Not Before The PC....But Before Laptops Certainly

    Way back in the olden days when Computers were big, heavy, weight a ton, cost thousands of dollars and honestly were not that useful. I remember when the first laptops started making the rounds. Mac Portable anyone? Yeah right. They even had a contraption that allowed you to lug...
    PicturesOfABetterLife PicturesOfABetterLife 31-35, M 3 Responses Mar 16, 2013

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    It Sure Was Different.

    I saved a page from the AARP Bulletin from November, 2012, to remind me how things have changed in the computer world; it talks of the first mini-computer in 1962. I was 23 then. In my world there were no "computers" then; there were only "accounting machines." Card sorters were...
    CFOM CFOM 66-70, M 5 Responses May 8, 2013

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    The Corner Is No Longer Safe

    On the weekend newscast, I heard that a woman was attacked in a park "on the northwest side" as she was leaving the EL. The area by the park is the "4500 block of Montrose Avenue". I felt cold inside. That corner being referred to is the corner I used to get off at early every...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F Jun 19, 2013

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    I Really Remember A Time When A " Computer " Was A Human

    Yes, I didn't know that at the time, but until about the end of World War  II the word "computer" meant a person who did computing, a common occupation back them. Astronomers used human computers to figure orbits; the military during the war also used a lot of human computers...
    MPsslavetommy MPsslavetommy 66-70, M 3 Responses Oct 5, 2010

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    Life Before Computers

    ♦ Window was square in a whole room ♦ Application was somthing written in paper ♦ Mouse was an animal ♦ Keyboard was a piano ♦ File was an important material ♦ Hard drive was uncomfortable road trip ♦ Cut was done with knife ♦ paste was done with glue ♦ Web was...
    GangaNarayanan GangaNarayanan 26-30, F Sep 6, 2013

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    I Remember Life Before Computers, And Maybe That Was The Best Time...

    As the title says, I remember. Cars didn't need a specialist to be repaired. There were people that actually checked our groceries out and they were carried to the car for us. We read, we gardened, we did things to improve our actual lives. We communicated. I realize we are...
    Anotsooldlady Anotsooldlady 46-50 1 Response May 8, 2013

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    Old Enough

    I am old enough to remember life before personal computers. I have loved computers for a long time, my introduction in 1976 to a mini computer that ran basic(and used a small room space wise). It used paper tape reader to boot the machine!! No graphics in those days!! ...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 13, 2010

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    I'm Old Enough...

    to remember the time when computers didn't play such a central role in our lives. They are basically everywhere, so I guess the fear of computer terrorism isn't that unfounded. I had to write my homework papers in a typing machine, and since I'm not that great of a typist it was...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 16, 2008

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    I Remember Life Before Computers

    Before Computers  there were typewriters.  That was in my school days.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 Jan 8, 2012

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    So many people find me strange for taking an enormous interest in watching documenteries (spelled wrong?) about theories in regards to the purpose of life. But it isn't really an...
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    I have a longtime online friend. He is 4 years younger, and I knew him when I was 20 and he was 16. Now I'm 25 and he's 21. He sent me a message on Facebook last year after not...
    michxtheworld michxtheworld 22-25, F 3 hrs ago

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    As much as I want a social life which I'm not allowed because mother treats me like a slave and she always says" Sarah, don't think yourself a slave." Haha, she really knows how...
    SarahLou98 SarahLou98 16-17, F 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    One day, during an evening class for adults, the psychology Teacher entered the class and told students, “Let’s all play a game!” “ What Game?” The Teacher asked one of...
    egoisticwizard egoisticwizard 22-25, M 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    I remember it vividly. It didn't happen that long ago, it was July 9th. I went to a rave with my friends, a lot of people from my school were going. So I figured, why not. A couple...
    ksandd ksandd 13-15, F 8 hrs ago

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    I don't completely hate my life I just hate most things involved with my life, including myself
    NoUsernameInserted NoUsernameInserted 18-21, F 9 hrs ago

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    What do you think alien life looks like? Something microbial, something similar to Earth's life, or something beyond our imagination? I admit that I like the idea of Grey aliens...
    Salarymen Salarymen 16-17, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    I remember one day with an ex of mine o was using his computer and checked his aim messages. He had a friend named C. And he knew her before he and i dated. I didnt mind him having...
    HigherCalling HigherCalling 26-30, F 14 hrs ago

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    How many months has it been? I forgotten how much I adored your kisses. I don't remember being so happy to be held in your arms. It's hard for me to imagine myself looking up with...
    FrenchKissed FrenchKissed 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I remember back in 2012 that was the year that people believed what the Mayan calendar had predicted about how the calendar was going to end anyway I remember I was going through a...
    Jolietillinois Jolietillinois 22-25, M 1 day ago

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    I remember days when we used to play stupid games swim in lakes hang out at nowhere and plan something big meet each other for no reason chit chat for hours a decade ago and today...
    abhayisabhay abhayisabhay 22-25, M 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    I remember being very shy to the point where I wouldn't talk to anyone. And because of that shyness I lost the chance to meet some people who attempted to reach out to me but...
    Autumnflowers Autumnflowers 18-21 1 Response 1 day ago

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    my parents didn't have computer until I was 13. who all remembers the days of total boredom? those days where you made up the silliest games. but those were fun and I don't regret...
    Idiotkitty Idiotkitty 18-21, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    We were in the same pre-k Sunday School class. I developed a crush on her before we ever even started school. I was very happy to see her in my kindergarten class. I had a terrible...
    Extant1 Extant1 51-55, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I like computers, I send most evening just surfing the web, But I'm getting to understand more about them and how they work and its really interesting. Ive taken mine apart to see...
    helloitsjayne helloitsjayne 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    writing this while playing these (in order) www.youtube.com/watch?v=kItuXocJUwk www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrEIZQlz8D0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI_alyJAG3o https://www.youtube...
    Sublevarse Sublevarse 18-21, M 2 days ago

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    Yeah... I remember when those didn't exist.. I did everything by hand when I wrote my stories or wrote in a journal. I was the last member of the family to own a computer. I hated...
    noaht43 noaht43 41-45, T 3 days ago

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    One year ago today, I had what I thought was going to be one of the best days of my life, turn into one of the worst. You can into my life so unexpectedly, and you ended things...
    Stylesavvy Stylesavvy 46-50, F 4 days ago

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    Makes me think back to when payphones existed!
    wally749 wally749 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Now we are being controlled instead of being in control.
    whitesunshine87 whitesunshine87 51-55, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    When I lost my job of 2years in January I thought it would be easy enough to get another job I always have in the past. But now most places only take online resumes, unlike back...
    butterflyangels2387 butterflyangels2387 26-30, F 8 Responses 4 days ago

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    I am slow at adopting technology and only use it when it actually suits me. I like the Internet because I am a knowledge hound, and email allows me efficient access to people, but...
    65Cadillac 65Cadillac 41-45, M 4 days ago

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    Life was so much easier then without all the technology.
    Averageguy41011 Averageguy41011 41-45, M 5 days ago

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    1 (As the title suggests, this is the second part of this story. You can read the first part by clicking at my story titled 'I will tell You a story about the first day of my new...
    becomeinvisible becomeinvisible 22-25, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    The careers I wanted to do growing up! When I was younger a child I was obsessed with soldiers and wanted to be in the army I love the camouflage gear you have to wear and the...
    LittleMilwee LittleMilwee 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    28.01.2013 It was a Monday. We all hate Mondays for a reason, right? It's the start of a new week: a whole week of work/school ahead of us, a whole week before the weekend. I...
    becomeinvisible becomeinvisible 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    So, i dated this guy. I've known him most of my life. And we used to be so comfortable with each other even before we were friends, because our sisters were best friends, and our...
    selfh8ter98 selfh8ter98 16-17, F Jul 21

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