You know you are getting old when:

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  1. tonyb

    tonyb I'll Lock Up

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    I got myself a learn-to-type book in my early 20s and spent two longish days going through the exercises. So I kinda learned the “proper” way to type.

    But I mostly unlearned it. My want of typing skills did little if anything to lessen my effectiveness in my later writing and editing jobs. My fingers knew where to go without my having to think about it. Of course, that’s to be expected after God only knows how many zillions of keystrokes.
     
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  2. TimeWarpWife

    TimeWarpWife One of the Regulars

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    I remember those erasers, I hated them because they smudged or tore a hole in the paper. Of course, maybe I just didn't know how to properly use them. :oops: FYI, The Monkees' Mike Nesmith's mom, Bette Nesmith Graham, was the inventor of White Out.
     
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  3. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    Being all about anything with wheels when I was a kid, very often I'd hold it by the metal part and roll it along the table.
     
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  4. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    The ultimate in getting old. You click on this thread and the next advert to pop up is:
    "When is the right time to check your death and disability benefits?"
     
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  5. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

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  6. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    See, the Boys don't miss a trick.
     
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  7. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    I will start my Playstation 1 in the next minutes. 20 years old. :D With Ace Combat 2, Gran Tourismo, Abe's Oddysee and so on.
    Like the 16 yo boy in the year 2000. And on the same CRT-TV.

    Should I think about that? ;)

    PS: :cool:

     
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  8. ^^^^^ That’s almost new!

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  9. Eyeofsauron

    Eyeofsauron One of the Regulars

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    I'll bite. This was the most amazing computer ever, at the time. You could actually write a program and get results immediately. This was the only one at our high school and I spent as much time there as I could. Wrote a basketball game, tried a baseball game but ran out of RAM. Oh the RAM was 16 kb. And you can see the storage was cassette tape. Wrote a program that solved some sort of calculus function that I can't remember what it was. Now my phone has more processing power, I tell my kids about it and they laugh. wang 2200.jpg
     
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  10. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

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    My high school got 2 similar machines when I was a senior. Access was mostly limited to advanced math students, so I got very little time on one. I will admit that I didn't see at the time what the big deal was.
     
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  11. Eyeofsauron

    Eyeofsauron One of the Regulars

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    I actually was a student teacher. Before we got this we were hooked up to the community college mainframe via a teletype. You saved your programs on paper punch tape. You could still get an immediate result, but it was all on paper, and everything was static. With this you could have very basic visuals. For us nerds this was nirvana.
     
  12. ScionPI2005

    ScionPI2005 Call Me a Cab

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  13. Eyeofsauron

    Eyeofsauron One of the Regulars

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  14. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    "Machines" in my high school. :(
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    Chalkboards were either black or green.
     
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  15. Eyeofsauron

    Eyeofsauron One of the Regulars

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    Feet flat on floor, hands at the correct position, then hit those keys as hard as you can. Oh the memories.
     
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  16. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    "Hit those keys hard" is the reason some of the letters on my Mac keyboard are no
    longer working.
    I now use voice diction to text.
    Problem with this is v.d. will pick up every
    word you utter including profane words.
    I forgot and after a conversation, I went
    back to Mac who had copied every single
    word and was ready to send.
    I very carefully deleted the text! :(
     
  17. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    First computer I ever laid hands on was a Radio Shack TRS-80, which appeared in a radio station where I was working in 1986. Nobody could make much sense out of it, especially after someone spilled a glass of water into the keyboard. "Someone."

    That station was located next to the local office of the Bangor Daily News, and our news office abutted theirs -- the BDN bureau chief had his own proto-computer up against the wall on the other side of our news director's desk. She would say "Hey, want to hear somebody have a heart attack?" and pick up a bulk tape eraser, switch it on, and hold it against that wall where the BDN computer was. Immediately you'd hear a voice yell "GODDAM IT!!!" Ah, happy days.
     
  18. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    I think I'm the only one in my building that still uses an actual chalkboard.
     
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  19. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    4th period history class in high school.
    The teacher had a habit of throwing
    hard his chalkboard eraser at the guys
    on the back row who were talking or
    joking around.

    Soon, I knew when it was coming by
    the look in his eyes.

    It was scary because I was not used to
    grownups reacting in this manner.
     
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  20. HanauMan

    HanauMan Practically Family

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    Takes me back to elementary school. I was the little kid who always volunteered to clean the chalkboard at the end of the lessons. Just loved wiping down the board with that felt eraser, the white chalk dust settling on me as I did so. Sometimes even washed the entire board with water. Only the 'good students' got the privilege to clean teachers' boards. Just as well they didn't know what we got up to out of school....!!
     
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