8/30/2011

Good 'ole days

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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