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I Remember Life Before Computers

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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 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 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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    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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    I was 11 before we got a puter.

    It was a commodore 128.
    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M 14 hrs ago

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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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    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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    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 22-25, M Jan 9, 2012

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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...
    marklovescoffee marklovescoffee 46-50, M Jul 18, 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 70+, M 3 Responses Oct 5, 2010

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    I Remember Life Before Computers

    Before Computers  there were typewriters.  That was in my school days.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 1 Response Jan 8, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Well, not life before the internet exactly, but I remember life before I had internet :) I only got internet and television when I was 12. Before that, the library was my best...
    Oasisdawn3 Oasisdawn3 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 26

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    I even remember life before answering machines. I'm talking the way back time. You'd call someone and they would be out living their life and...the phone would just ring. If it...
    ImpishToad ImpishToad 41-45, F 5 Responses Aug 3

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    oh yes of course! well, life before internet...yeah simple topic I remember very well! I used to... and then... ehm.... -.- No, ****, life before internet DOESN'T exist! lol...
    Enjoyyourlife Enjoyyourlife 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 7

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    Life before the Internet? Hell, I can remember before there was Colour Telly!!!!
    Riffster Riffster 51-55, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    Life before the internet was great, I just didn't know it at the time. It was so simple. I was in high school when social media became the 'in' thing. I wish I knew how...
    fullen fullen 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 23

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    It saddens me today that it seems that many of the younger generation knows little about face to face conversation. They are happy to hide behind their computers and phone...
    KarlPirrottina KarlPirrottina 36-40, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Had this conversation with someone at work a week ago. We where talking about being plugged in and the internet and all the gadgets that access the internet. His said "I can't...
    galdran galdran 36-40, M 2 Responses Aug 9

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    I remember how much more life was full of color and now it's just gray and dull 😔
    Nateweezy Nateweezy 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 23

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    Oh I just hate saying this. I remember when....it's bullshit. We all love our little smarty phones and tablets. Imagine picking up a ginormous map while driving! Or waiting for...
    ImFoolish ImFoolish 41-45, F 3 Responses Jul 31

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    It was a life that is worth living. I get to play with friends without even taking pictures for Instagram or blogs and even facebook but the memories will surely be in my heart. It...
    officialwanderer officialwanderer 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 3

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    I remember building cubby houses out of sticks and gum nuts were money for good sticks kept us entertained for hours...or talking about how the world began..sleeping on my best...
    wherethewildthingswere wherethewildthingswere 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I remember the closest thing we had was a Word Processor. I was AMAZED to see a 'typewriter' that didn't have a carriage and that I was able to make corrections with a cursor !!
    MysticTraveler MysticTraveler 51-55, M 6 Responses Jul 23

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    I remember when we had dial up and how it made that annoying noise! The Internet has changed so much in the past decade it's crazy!
    tsg96 tsg96 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 29

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    I remember waiting by the mailbox for the postman when I was a kid. I belonged to the weekly reader book club. Every week during the summer I would get a book in the mail. Green...
    smokethis smokethis 51-55, M 4 Responses Jul 30

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    I remember being able to finish my homework without Google or Wikipedia. Kids now a days are spoiled with search engines...
    RiceBunny55 RiceBunny55 31-35, F 6 Responses Jul 30

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    I do..even though I was a little kid. I remember my parents carrying around those gigantic cell phones. And watching tapes instead of DVDs. I miss those times. But I am addicted to...
    Rayven1997 Rayven1997 16-17, F 6 Responses Aug 2

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    And before smart phones, where you could actually have a conversation with them in person without them looking at some freaking screen tapping away, or taking 'selfies', Just makes...
    Anth9012 Anth9012 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 7

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    I wish we had internet when I was younger. There is so much knowledge being shared online (too bad there is also tons of crap). It's also a wonderful thing to be able to connect...
    Krist0f Krist0f 41-45, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Less drama, more interaction with friends and family. Eating at the dinner table. Having more conversations about what happened during the day. It was a simpler way of life.
    honeysuckle23 honeysuckle23 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 3

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    I find in some ways how using the internet has become such an essential thing it seems, or at least a most convenient thing, is a bit like how I found life changing when I learned...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Back in high school even with Windows 95 and not being interested. I would mostly just be by myself and play Super Nintendo rather than be on the computer. Now, it's Facebook and...
    asert12345678 asert12345678 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 22

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    I am so happy to have experienced high school, and middle school for that matter, without the presence of smartphones and social media. I feel as though we are the last of our kind...
    Court1eleven Court1eleven 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 23

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    Too much technology! I'm just as guilty as our youth of today. Since when did sitting side by side on our iPhones constitute spending time together? :-/
    PeachMoscato PeachMoscato 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 23

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    I was just a liiiiiiiuuuul baby
    eozoe eozoe 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 25

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    Honestly, we all were living without it, the generation over 30 years old. Now i cant live a day without net. I allways check profiles of strangers, im curious about their pics, i...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 29

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    In my youth: Kids write a letter to him/her and giving it to her in school. What i see last days: Kids write a letter to him/her (i was astonished they write on real paper) and...
    plutoniumoxid plutoniumoxid 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 30

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    The friends who are in front of you are the only friends you're with.
    szchwakovpf szchwakovpf 18-21, M Aug 3

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    you meet with your friends to hang out at the designated time and place with no mobile and yet managed to get together fine. no one worries about where their mobile is or what is...
    remydodol remydodol 36-40, F 11 Responses Aug 7

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    When you could have an intelligent conversation/discussion without someone saying either a) let me google that, or b) that's not what it said on xyz.com etc. Google has single...
    killaswfc killaswfc 31-35, M Aug 7

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    Doing homework with using ansiklopedia not wikipedia !
    fauxlady fauxlady 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 12

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    It was so simple and there is something so beautiful and calming about simplicity.
    enza105 enza105 18-21, F 9 Responses 5 days ago

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    A much simpler time. I miss it as I sit here on my smart phone.
    jroadice jroadice 26-30, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have memories of being an uncle who died around a year before I was born. I used to remember a lot more as a child but my mother decided not to influence me into thinking about...
    girlfromtralfamadore girlfromtralfamadore 18-21, F Aug 2

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    I just found out that he's died. Crashed his tractor on the A1. They cut him out of it, then he died in hospital. He was 19. Once upon a time he was my light. The boy I became...