January 15, 2021 at 4:20 pm #222661
I had my first computer in 1999. Back then the Internet wire was a long white one that stretched across the dining room [where the computer sat] floor and was plugged into the router. We always had to unwind and rewind the wire. I LOVED that computer, though. But my dad upgraded and upgraded throughout the years. I wrote my novella “Realm of Dreams” on one of those computers. I put my heart and soul into that story. I also wrote all my essays and short stories for my night-school English class. I loved that class. But – back to the story – I also wrote many, many poems. However, I have only kept a few from that time. Most are forgotten. Still, that computer inspired me to be a writer.
Do tell me your first computer stories!January 15, 2021 at 6:38 pm #222668
1998 a Hewlett Packard multi media with ( if I remember correctly) 333 mb’s… Slow as a steam train with a dial up connection at first we bought it because the children needed it for school.
I will admit I didnt think much of internet at the time it was so slow to load …January 15, 2021 at 10:42 pm #222673
Even though I started taking computer programming classes in 1983, my father didn’t buy one until 1987. When he replaced that one, he gave it to me. It was an IBM clone and had 512K memory and dual floppy drives. I kept it until I bought my first computer in 1996, a Gateway with an Intel Pentium processor and a 2GB hard drive.
My, have things changed since then!January 16, 2021 at 9:30 am #222689
Computer technology has greatly advanced since 1983, hasn’t it? I was a young child then, so had no access to a computer. It was only in 1999 I gained access to one. I do often feel nostalgia to the old computer programmes and design. I love modern design still but look back with good memories.
I could not live without my computer today:
- I pay all my bills via direct debit
- I shop online: this is especially important with the pandemic going on
- I order medication online and make medical appointments online
- I have my diary on my computer
- I have a food diary on my computer
- Writing all my short stories and poetry onto my computer
- I have email accounts, which help me keep organized
- Pinterest: which is addictive and completely cool!
- Typing out letters and printing them off to friends
- Buying gift vouchers online for friends as presents
- Having websites I can showcase my poetry
- Watching films and music videos on YouTube daily
- Being part of Female Forum!
I need this computer today. It is no longer a luxury but a necessity. I cannot do my work without Internet access, too. I do love the Internet. I have been online for over 25 years. I hope this trend carries on. I live for computing: and always will.January 16, 2021 at 10:45 am #222701
[quote quote=222673]Even though I started taking computer programming classes in 1983, my father didn’t buy one until 1987. When he replaced that one, he gave it to me. It was an IBM clone and had 512K memory and dual floppy drives. I kept it until I bought my first computer in 1996, a Gateway with an Intel Pentium processor and a 2GB hard drive.
My, have things changed since then!
I had similar – An Amstrad 1512 IBM clone with 512 K of memory an twin floppy drives when I did my Open University course. That was the machine I learnt much of my programming on. In those days, at work, a PC would be the centerpiece of any office and almost be worshipped (or cursed) 😀January 16, 2021 at 11:43 am #222709
My dad bought a Commodore 64, so that was my first exposure, when I was a young one. I think I had a chunky used IBM laptop by college, but it wasn’t any more useful than my typewriter (which I miss). Shared computers otherwise, including desktops with Linux. Then I got a laptop all to myself in 2006. By then, the Internet was my social hangout spot. Now it’s like the library, the department store, and social hangout spot. Plus church is online right now, so it’s a church building, too. 😉January 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm #222713
[quote quote=222701]I had similar – An Amstrad 1512 IBM clone with 512 K of memory an twin floppy drives when I did my Open University course.[/quote]
That’s exactly what my dad gave me! Thanks for reminding me of the name, Jen.January 25, 2021 at 9:45 am #223080
I LOVE retro computers: they’re so cool. I do wonder where you buy them from? And how much would one cost to set up and run? I write this because a lot of people are getting back into old-skool computers. Especially when they’re programmed with modern programmes. Computer companies are cottoning onto this.
I am glad I started this thread!January 26, 2021 at 8:22 am #223140
I would think running modern programs on old computers would be very limited without changing the insides of the computer Kitty. Maybe they do that, so you get a new computer in an old case? It would be feasible to network an old computer, as a dumb terminal, to a modern system, which could be interesting (maybe not straightforward though?). The main thing I have seen is people wanting old game consoles to play retro games but these games can be obtained to play in special software on a modern PC, which is how many people do. Old computers are being continually scrapped as they fetch no money. It is only some of the first ones which are now really collectible, as far as I know.January 27, 2021 at 10:22 am #223165
I must’ve been wrong with my post content. Your post pointed out a few facts to me, SpinningJen.
I do know – personally speaking – I’d love a retro computer. It may not be feasible, though, as you’ve pointed out. They are nostalgic and I would love one. But, alas, it won’t happen. Still, I am glad I posted what I did, because now I am not in the dark. So thank you, SpinningJen.January 28, 2021 at 8:21 am #223189
I think the thing about computers is not so much what they are but what software they can run Kitty. The thing to do when looking for a new system is to list what you want to do with it rather than look what it might do. That way you one is not lost in a maze of possibilities which only confuse and perhaps mainly never followed. It’s like getting a new car with all the bells and whistles but never using them, only wishing one to get from A to B.
In that way almost any retro system could be used by yourself to write your books and poetry as the basic wordprocessing software has been around from early days. The thing to look at would be how you transfer your work to your modern system for online publishing etc. Keeping the old computer offline would very much limit the possibility of virus infection. This would be sensible as the old software system would not be updated (or possibly even be able to be) for virus protection although, it should be said, it may well not be as susceptable as virus writers would not be targetting it.February 4, 2021 at 5:38 pm #226118
my first computer came with a dvd copy of the movie space jam. it was very basic, and had a couple card games installed- and a few puzzle games too (one I remember was actually one where you had to spend most of the game figuring out what the secret code is).
I don’t think I had internet until much later, when I finally did it was this slow dial-up one, and I got to spend like 30/40 minits on it a night, and had to diss connect if the phone rang. back then, their wasn’t really much to do online so I’d spend most of my time brouzing the home page of my internet provider viewing the news and the other weekly updated content. my internet breakthrough when my school set me some homework to do on the author roald dahl. it was then I found the first website that was more catered to my ageFebruary 4, 2021 at 5:42 pm #226121
I also remember being an active member of the cbbc newsround forum. back then, forums only opened for a few hours at night (I think this one was like 4 until 8). I don’t remember any of my posts (I think one of them might have been a poem of some sort), but what I do remember is begging the administrators to keep me on their board even after I’d gone past the age limit
it worked, too!. I was a part of the forum for a little longer than most kids
ah those were the days..February 4, 2021 at 5:42 pm #226122
I love this thread.
love talking nestaljaFebruary 5, 2021 at 8:37 am #227101
I remember the slow dial up connections. After a while it was possible to get free dial up connections so, even though it was slow, at least the connection time cost nothing. It was a case of going on during off peak times though as there was high demand.
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