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Old 03-13-2013, 12:41 AM   #31
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You never forget your first. Mine was an Apple IIe. Upgraded it to a color monitor/TV. It was awesome!
My first was a Commodore 64. It's in my garage somewhere now.

In 1969 my parents managed the largest volume gas station in the Greater Sacramento area. My Dad broke his leg and was running around on crutches so he started offering a discount on the outside lane of pumps if you pumped your own gas. Within a year, he saw other stations around him start to adopt it.


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Old 03-13-2013, 12:41 AM   #32
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I'll see you and raise you!

First "computer" I ever played with in Junior High in 78-80. Learned to program in basic, and saved on punch cards, and thought we were hot **** because we could hook up one of these modems,



And play Star Trek Battles with kids at other schools through the "network."

God, I still remember the smell of brown recycled paper and hot machine oil.
Wait, so you still own this time machine or did the pic come from elsewhere?


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Old 03-13-2013, 12:45 AM   #33
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Pic on the web. The floor even looks like the "computer lab" in my Jr High.

It would be interesting to own one though. I could just imagining it catching fire just trying to print out one thread on this forum....
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Remember the nice purple hue of the mimeograph?

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Old 03-13-2013, 01:07 AM   #35
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Remember the nice purple hue of the mimeograph?

Brings back memories of primary school. Seems these things were outdated even back then.
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Brings back memories of primary school. Seems these things were outdated even back then.
Got sent to the principal in 4th grade for getting in a purple paper fight with another kid
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I can remember in high school you could get a 1/4 of the good sticky icky for a 20 spot.

Not that I knew anything about it. Just knew this guy.
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I don't mean to hijack this thread, but the duplicating machine pictured twice, above, is NOT a mimeograph machine. It is a SPIRIT DUPLICATOR. A mimeograph forced ink through a fine mesh "master." The spirit duplicator...my first few years of teaching, we had to hand-crank it...used methanol [or maybe ethanol...I don't remember] to remove a very slight bit of "wax" from the "master" and let it print onto the paper. Those worksheets ALWAYS smelled great!

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It just kills me that everything that was on the 586 tower I bought ~20 years ago for $1200 when I was in college could be put on my iPhone and I'd still have 15.5G of memory left over.

And then my 7 y.o. daughter says to me last night about my old iPhone 3S, "It's no fun without wifi."

I turned to her and said, "Imagine a world with no wifi. Phones were just phones. No music. No games. They plugged into walls. And you had to twist a knob to dial. That was what my childhood was like."
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It just kills me that everything that was on the 586 tower I bought ~20 years ago for $1200 when I was in college could be put on my iPhone and I'd still have 15.5G of memory left over.

And then my 7 y.o. daughter says to me last night about my old iPhone 3S, "It's no fun without wifi."

I turned to her and said, "Imagine a world with no wifi. That was what my childhood was like."
What is even more interesting is the fact that you will likely have to pay to dispose of your $1,200 computer if you still had it today.


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