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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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 Aug 20, 2014

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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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    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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    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 remember, I really remember, and I love books - still do - but I won't go back there. I can imagine a life without the internet, but I can't imagine a life without the internet.
    Clothed Clothed 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    Yes, I remember all the things before internet. I was born on 2000. It was so much fun playing with my friends who are now obsessed on the net, we keep on playing outdoor games...
    iiEdieCupcakeii iiEdieCupcakeii 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 21

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    Never like to listen just act
    Somke11 Somke11 13-15, M Dec 31, 2014

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    when people looked up information in books called encyclopedias. mail was written long hand and sealed with a kiss to travel three days to the intended reciever and the letter was...
    regalshewolf regalshewolf 41-45, F 15 Responses Jan 8

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    I wonder what would happen if nobody could get on the internet for three months
    xshilx xshilx 41-45, F 10 Responses Jan 21

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    if I get one more candy crush invite from the person I requested to stop, what should I do?
    Erasethetape Erasethetape 36-40, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I killed my face book account. Good riddance.
    SEGAvsNINTENDO SEGAvsNINTENDO 26-30, M 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    Life goes on, sun or rain, whether you're here or not, all the same.... life marches on. So here I am standing still waiting, why? Just for you to catch up to me but please...
    1silentheart 1silentheart 18-21, M Jan 11

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    When I die I'm hoping my soul can leave the body and travel to the stars instead oh going to heaven I like traveling to the stars after I die that is going to be my after life...
    Jolietillinois Jolietillinois 22-25, M Jan 2

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    If someone gave me a ticket to anywhere right now, I would go. Just once in my life before I die, I want to fly away to some place exciting and different than I have ever known...
    LadyLouisiana LadyLouisiana 56-60, F 10 Responses Jan 13

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    I Remember... what was considered offensive language. Much like the Fashion and Music of the 1960s and 1970s Groovy, Happening, Cool (yes cool was and always will be part of the...
    Tannasheart Tannasheart 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    Officially a 1987 Chevy Blazer 2 Tone(black/white). Before that I was driving our white 1985 Olds Cutlass Supreme(burgundy interior). I had been looking for the perfect little...
    theswordinthestone theswordinthestone 41-45, M 13 hrs ago

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    When you use a touchscreen monitor, the user encounter differs from that of a standard monitor. In place of possessing the monitor out before you in a virtually vertical posture...
    Ryan4715izr0 Ryan4715izr0 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 12

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    Some time ago I read this article on some website, theunboundedspirit.com There's nothing new, but in my opinion the article is very well written. It made me think... 1. The...
    DiscoveringTheTruth DiscoveringTheTruth 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 11

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    I remember my first time it was in my friend's house However this day I was bored and I was curious about smoking so I decided to smoke with them at first I felt nothing i got a...
    nmaghy nmaghy 18-21, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    Ideal for function and Engage in, your P2714T is designed for amusement and searching the online market place on your own XPS program in the home, or for multimedia applications...
    Alexander6935esh5 Alexander6935esh5 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 11

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    Product technical specs are acquired from retailers or 3rd parties. Though we make each individual energy to current correct details, Shopzilla is not responsible for inaccuracies...
    Matthew0593cun9 Matthew0593cun9 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 12

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    I love computers and technology. Our world wouldn't to be the way it is without it. I can't wait to see what the future has in store. The rate that technology is advancing, the...
    NG725324 NG725324 41-45, M 6 days ago

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    I HATE IGNORANT PEOPLE, PEOPLE WITHOUT A HEART... I had just read an article on how ignorant some humans are...especially when it comes to helping innocent bystanders... And...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I HATE IGNORANT PEOPLE, PEOPLE WITHOUT A HEART... I had just read an article on how ignorant some humans are...especially when it comes to helping innocent bystanders... And...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Nextag will make reasonable endeavours to take care of the precision of products and pricing info exhibited on our web site, and we don't assurance that any info is suitable. If...
    Anthony1604hzs1 Anthony1604hzs1 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 12

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    In my experience, there is nothing more perfectly gratifying than waking up in the arms of the person you love. I experienced that feeling today. Though I don't remember many...
    PersonalGenesis PersonalGenesis 22-25, F Jan 5

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    I have a few degrees, have been through various industries like computers to teaching. I am not feeling fulfilled at all. I do not want leave this Earth without having given my...
    mariefrancea mariefrancea 41-45, F Jan 15

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    There's so much I should do and can do but something's holding me back and i don't know what...I don't know if its a fear of change or if its fear of anything might happen if i do...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F Jan 14

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    Whole Life - Combines everlasting defense having a cost savings part. Provided that you proceed to pay the rates, you will be able to lock in protection in a degree top quality...
    Matthew9482ypf5 Matthew9482ypf5 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 7

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    Mine was afternoon of November 11 1994 when I got from work and my father said he had something to show me, he said he had checked and it was correct. He showed me a Death and...
    TrannyinSydney TrannyinSydney 26-30, T 1 Response Jan 12

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    December 30. Laying the Foundation. The groundwork has been laid. Do you not see that? Don't you understand that all you have gone through was for a purpose? There was a reason...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F Dec 30, 2014

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    If one house is afflicted it is probably going that it's a private drain and it is the responsibility of your operator/occupier to keep up and very clear. If the house is rented (e...
    William7035cob3 William7035cob3 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 13

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    I was raised Mormon, left the church shortly after my little brother experienced a nervous breakdown whilst serving a mission. I had always had a fear of the mentally ill and...
    eviec7 eviec7 36-40, F 4 days ago

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    Pawan-For those who not do minimum company then within your circumstance you loose Fee. Mainly because minimum five years of Doing the job being an agent will fetch your commission...
    Ethack826k7ix2 Ethack826k7ix2 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 5

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    The beauty of anonymity. You don't know me, or my location, so you can do nothing to foil this. Everything I say here will lead to nothing, which is precisely the point. Ironically...
    TheZEEMan TheZEEMan 22-25, M 3 Responses Jan 11

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