We moved to Tampa, Fl from Poughkeepsie, NY in 1982. My father worked for IBM.
He bought the family a new IBM PC, 1200 baud modem and a dot matrix printer.
When he wasn't connected to work, I'd get on there a mess around with the computer.
We had PC-Dos, no hard drive and 5.25 floppies. If you cut a hole in the other side at the top you could double your capacity on the floppy.
We had a game called "decathlon" where you pound the keyboard as fast as you can to make the guy run. To this day I never did figure out flight simulator.
I would dial the BBS numbers and page the SYSOP. They had games to download, and calendars you could print out on the dot matrix, not advised for the teenagers.
I would call one number and get a list for 10 other numbers. I would call them and get more numbers.
There was no question I was not allowed to make long distance calls or compuserve or any pay sites.
My neighbor had an Apple/Mac and I thought the graphics were better back then.
I wrote my English papers on the computer. And learned to type with a program that measured your keystrokes per minute.
I wrote: 10 PRINT "HELLO THERE!" 20 GOTO 10. My first programming experience.
I only took one computer class in 8th grade and one in 12th. I remember a lot of kids cheating off me, which was usually the other way around in all other classes.
That's about it for memory lane. I think that original PC is in the Smithsonian.
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