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I Remember Life Before Computers

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Life before the internet was one where I didn't sit in front of a box and type conversations to people around the world. That sucked. Life before the internet was me, younger...
    meTheGrandDad meTheGrandDad 61-65, M 1 Response May 17

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    Life before the Internet was like living life in the woods with oil lamps and other old-fashioned items used back in the day.
    MisunderstoodGirl69 MisunderstoodGirl69 13-15, F 1 Response May 17

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    I miss life before the Internet! I took my mom and aunt out for dinner last night and my mom sat on her phone the entire night!
    slimmmerman slimmmerman 41-45, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I may be "old enough" to remember what life was like before the Internet, but I'm also old enough to have all the usernames you want, but can't have. So nana-nana-boo-boo to you...
    underlyinghonesty underlyinghonesty 22-25, F 4 Responses May 13

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    All I remember is that though my siblings and I were provided with PC, the access to internet was impossible; for our education was a major concern for our parents. At that time...
    hiddentears hiddentears 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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    I wish a buck was still silver It was back when the country was strong Back before Elvis Before the Vietnam war came along Before The Beatles and 'Yesterday' When a man could...
    mombo1969 mombo1969 41-45, M 4 Responses Apr 29

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    Well I remember my mother catching is on our way out the door and made us eat breakfast and had a lunch packed at 8:00 am we wouldn't get home untill dark or after cause we were...
    samara11besc samara11besc 51-55 May 6

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    In fact, being 75 years old, I even remember (dimly) the Second World War, and posted a paragraph about it a few days ago which was pulled by the EP robot police for reasons as yet...
    Wyesman Wyesman 70+, M 7 Responses May 9

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    I find myself watching period piece type movies and tv shows and thinking "If they had just had a cell phone or caller ID"... Then I remember I grew up without those things and we...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 29

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    I remember waiting all day to hear my favorite songs come on the radio. Also, waiting for CDs to come out.
    radiantorchid radiantorchid 22-25, F 3 Responses May 13

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    I remember trying to record songs from the radio every week. In the end every song on my tape startes with a piece of a jingle and ended with the dj talking. Good times.
    Znookr Znookr 36-40, M 5 Responses May 13

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    Remember the annoying sound, trying to logon to the internet using your 14k4 dial up modem? Keeping tje phoneline blocked gor a whole day and swearing you would never do that again...
    Znookr Znookr 36-40, M 4 Responses May 14

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    Till 1998 i have not even seen how a real computer looked like. My first encounter with a CRT monitor was in august 2000. Later in that month i wrote my first c program. And by the...
    Urbanbuddy Urbanbuddy 31-35, M 1 Response May 9

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    At the risk of sounding like a Monty Python Yorkshireman, indeed so! And no mobile 'phones either. In fact- as a child in the 70s- only about half the houses in our street had so...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 28

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    when the bus was a Quarter the pay phone was a dime and mom screamed down the block when dinner was ready.....
    Imhungrytoo Imhungrytoo 51-55, M 4 Responses Apr 29

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    we all depend on our phones and technology these days,too much time looking down at our phonesmeeting new people in so many waysbut walking arounbd silent like drones where...
    Anth1290 Anth1290 22-25, M 1 Response May 14

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    everything seemed simpler than. I want it back.
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses May 15

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    when was that? Hundred years ago
    Elisef Elisef 51-55, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    LOL!
    SirQuaggie SirQuaggie 31-35, M 15 hrs ago

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    Me too..a little nostalgic
    happyattimes happyattimes 36-40, M Apr 30

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    TOO TRUE
    Anth1290 Anth1290 22-25, M 1 Response May 14

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    I'm sick of feeling low. I need to remember life is to short to waste time feeling like this!
    abbie007 abbie007 18-21, F 1 Response May 4

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    What is Life? Life is complex Life is beautiful It's beautiful Life is rich and amazing Life was given to us by God Life is limited So why waste time? Each and everyday is a...
    LeahLoveeU LeahLoveeU 13-15, F 2 Responses May 14

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    There are numerous older men in the world who are single and seeking someone special in their life. For all such men, AgeMeet.com has been created as a reliable online platform to...
    norahcc11 norahcc11 26-30, F 7 hrs ago

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    My whole life has been anything but normal, I am going to share a few of the strangest most life changing times I have experienced throughout my life. When I was very young from...
    Signseverywhere Signseverywhere 36-40, M May 10

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    I have shot a gun once in my life. It was very cool
    cybschen cybschen 16-17, F 6 hrs ago

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    Okay, so I am 19, and I did a few things in refrence to remebering my pastlife. I don't remember much, but I do believe I died in Jonestown. When I was around 5, my family and I...
    Deadpunk18 Deadpunk18 18-21 1 Response May 4

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