A couple of times now a group of people including me has gone out to a nearby coffee shop to hang out and talk about things other than work search, though sometimes that creeps in. It seems so far to be older people - like over 40. Today I was in between a 65 year old and a 50 year old and part of the discussion was computer history - your computer experiences over time. So here's mine.
In high school I did punch card programming in Fortran and Basic. Freshman year in college I did a term paper on a typewriter. Senior year I did my thesis on the mainframe. Somewhere in there I started doing temp work at companies that used Wordperfect, which had a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) interface but you could also see the programming behind the scenes if there was something you couldn't fix in WYSIWYG. My first year of graduate school I bought a PC, windows-based, but then was scared by it (when you turned it on it didn't automatically work) so I brought it back and got a Mac (with a black and white screen). Sometime after I got my first job I got an AOL account - I'm sure before then I was using some sort of internet at the jobs I worked for, but don't remember it. So that's my first internet memory. And then, the rest is history.
Hey, at least I didn't say that I had just watched Short Circuit last week and got a good lesson out of it. That was the 65 year old and we made BIG fun of him.
But I also wasn't the guy that bet his friend that he could be the first of the two to get the Mac which just came out in 1984. In the end, his friend won because he got #91, and the guy I know #92.