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seedsbelize2 08-02-22 03:53 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22596275)
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9af42b0ecc.gif

Today is full of you guys!

I got my first cell phone in 1991. Didn't have internet service until about 1996 or 1997.

I have had my third cell phone for less than six months.
#latebloomer

indyfabz 08-02-22 03:59 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22596275)

Today is full of you guys!

I got my first cell phone in 1991. Didn't have internet service until about 1996 or 1997.

That early? Got my fist home computer and Internet service in 2005. Canít remember when I got my first cell phone, but it was at least as late as 2001.

Bah Humbug 08-02-22 04:01 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22596356)
You tend to remember those fleeting moments. They are called the "good old days." Every old guy talks about them.

I mean that I suspect many such memories are created once the events in question are far enough in the past to convince yourself of what they are.

Bah Humbug 08-02-22 04:05 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22596413)
That early? Got my fist home computer and Internet service in 2005. Canít remember when I got my first cell phone, but it was at least as late as 2001.

We had a home computer when I was born in 1982. I remember when it got upgraded from dual 5.25" floppies to one and a hard drive... 8 meg possibly? Before that you had to use a boot floppy that loaded DOS 3.1 into RAM and then you could use it. Good times.

Internet came later of course, on a state-of-the-art 386.

Trsnrtr 08-02-22 04:29 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22595716)
I got stumped. Would have had it at 7. Sad.

I got it in 6. :foo:

Trsnrtr 08-02-22 04:35 PM

Got boosted yesterday and feel run down. No riding.

seedsbelize2 08-02-22 04:38 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22596455)
Got boosted yesterday and feel run down. No riding.

Tomorrow, I hope.

Mojo31 08-02-22 04:41 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22596415)
I mean that I suspect many such memories are created once the events in question are far enough in the past to convince yourself of what they are.

My memory is factually accurate back to about age 6. I have verified it.

Mojo31 08-02-22 04:44 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22596419)
We had a home computer when I was born in 1982. I remember when it got upgraded from dual 5.25" floppies to one and a hard drive... 8 meg possibly? Before that you had to use a boot floppy that loaded DOS 3.1 into RAM and then you could use it. Good times.

Internet came later of course, on a state-of-the-art 386.

My first "computer experience was on a Wang word processor in the early '80s.

Mojo31 08-02-22 04:46 PM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize2 (Post 22596404)
I have had my third cell phone for less than six months.
#latebloomer

I've had about 25.

#conspicuousconsumption

genejockey 08-02-22 04:59 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22596460)
My first "computer experience was on a Wang word processor in the early '80s.

My first experience was on the college's IBM 360, on a newfangled terminal with a SCREEN!!! This was a big step up from the Teletype terminals people had been using. Or worse - punchcards!! Mrs. GeneJockey took a Computer Science class a couple years earlier, and had to use both.

indyfabz 08-02-22 05:04 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22596419)
We had a home computer when I was born in 1982. I remember when it got upgraded from dual 5.25" floppies to one and a hard drive... 8 meg possibly? Before that you had to use a boot floppy that loaded DOS 3.1 into RAM and then you could use it. Good times.

Internet came later of course, on a state-of-the-art 386.

I took a programming course in Ď86 while at U. Penn. I remember those 5.25 floppies. They were prone to crashing. Constantly had to back them up.

indyfabz 08-02-22 05:07 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22596460)
My first "computer experience was on a Wang word processor in the early '80s.

I was a summer associate at Alcoa in Ď89 after my first year of law school. They had Wang word processing.

Mojo31 08-02-22 05:08 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22596475)
My first experience was on the college's IBM 360, on a newfangled terminal with a SCREEN!!! This was a big step up from the Teletype terminals people had been using. Or worse - punchcards!! Mrs. GeneJockey took a Computer Science class a couple years earlier, and had to use both.

I can remember punch cards.

Mojo31 08-02-22 05:12 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22596485)
I was a summer associate at Alcoa in Ď89 after my first year of law school. They had Wang word processing.

in '81-82, I worked for a firm writing appellate briefs in plane crash cases. I would write them out by hand, give it to a typist, and she would type them on a IBM selectric. If I made a revision on page 5, she would retype the whole thing from that page forward. They were typically ab 50 pages long.

Times have changed for sure.

seedsbelize2 08-02-22 05:32 PM

My wife started out on punch cards, in the early 70s. When I started hanging out at her house, in 86, she had a desktop with monitor, and 5 1/2" floppies. She was a computer whiz in those days, and had a small business trouble-shooting and teaching at Communiversity. D-Base 3 was it? I remember she taught me some dos commands so I could get around with Netscape. The wild wild west of the internet. I'm glad I was able to experience it in its infancy.

big john 08-02-22 05:41 PM

I first worked at a dealer doing diagnosis in 1989. There had been computers on cars since 1979 and hand held devices to read data were available but GM came out with a machine (CAMS) to do more. It had a small CRT screen atop a big metal cabinet that rolled around. When you hooked it up to read data it would prompt you to splice in diagnostic cables to the circuit in question. There was a huge cabinet full of these cables. It could then tell you which leg of the circuitry was suspect.

This was all something you could do with a DVOM in a couple minutes so the machine was never used except as a curiosity. Dealers were forced to buy them with all the cables and discs to update them. In the mid 90s they came out with a 32mb hand held device which was a good tool.

Back then (1989) all service bulletins were on paper. When a service bulletin was released a paper copy was sent to the dealer and it was (hopefully) filed correctly. There were thousands of these pages in a huge catalog like they used to use for parts. Researching a bulletin for a car was a daunting task and if the last user took it out and didn't put it back you were out of luck.

The other thing was technical support. It was so bad before computers we didn't call unless we were desperate. You could count on a 30 minute wait and then when they did answer, they had to search paper copies of everything. By the time electric cars came out the tech support was pretty good. Actually it was pretty good in the late 90s.

indyfabz 08-02-22 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22596491)
in '81-82, I worked for a firm writing appellate briefs in plane crash cases. I would write them out by hand, give it to a typist, and she would type them on a IBM selectric. If I made a revision on page 5, she would retype the whole thing from that page forward. They were typically ab 50 pages long.

Times have changed for sure.

I used to type on a manual typewriter for 10 miles uphill each way in the snow with no shoes on.

datlas 08-02-22 06:30 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22596577)
I used to type on a manual typewriter for 10 miles uphill each way in the snow with no shoes on.

Did you have to cut yourself for blood to ink the red ribbon too?

MoAlpha 08-02-22 06:34 PM

LSS wrote her PhD thesis in some ancient EMACS on a VT100 connected to a PDP11 via 300 baud modem and that was some big power back then. I think she had a DEC Rainbow 100 on her desk at work.

rjones28 08-02-22 06:48 PM

I have no recollection of ever being cool.

#justsayin

LesterOfPuppets 08-02-22 06:53 PM


Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 22596597)
I have no recollection of ever being cool.

#justsayin

I'd say I'm through being cool...

LesterOfPuppets 08-02-22 06:54 PM


Mojo31 08-02-22 07:04 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22596577)
I used to type on a manual typewriter for 10 miles uphill each way in the snow with no shoes on.

I didnít have to do that. We had people that did that type of thing. 😜

bampilot06 08-02-22 07:08 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22596487)
I can remember punch cards.


whatís a punch card?


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