Yesterday I worked on upgrading my computer with more memory and added a video card that had two monitor outputs and a TV tuner. I got used to using two monitors at work which gives you a lot of screen space to use and it has the added advantage of looking really geeky. As a kid was influenced by the Dr. Suess movie “The 5000 fingers of Dr. T“, it had keyboards everywhere. So I have worked to be surrounded by keyboards, monitors and other peripherals to match that theme.
Originally in High School before the advent of the personal computer I learned BASIC but only had the school mainframe to work with via teletype. A little later I worked with the first PC the ALTAIR 8080 that inputed information via octal switches on the front. Over time I went through a couple Commodore 64, Commodore 128, Amiga 500 (a great computer), IBM XT, 286, 286, 486. and many flavors of the Pentium. What this all leads to is an “old timers” attitude in relation to technology.
If I buy memory I think “I remember only using 36k” or buying 1 Meg at $100. When I get a hardrive I remember using tape drives, and then floppies, and then a whopping 10 Meg hardrive. Each purchase brings a “remember when.” So far these thoughts have been mainly internal and I have resisted telling my kids things like “When I was young I didn’t have a calculator, but a slide rule and I knew how to use it” or “I remember file sharing was borrowing a record and copying it to cassette.”