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Subject:RE: New Poll Question From:"Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com> To:"Lisa Roth" <roth -dot- lisa -at- jimmy -dot- harvard -dot- edu>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 16 Dec 2005 13:36:09 -0800
>> My first "computer" was an Atari with built-in BASIC. It had 64k
internal memory and an external *cassette* machine to load games like
Frogger. I used to have to start the cassette before going to the dinner
table, hoping it would be loaded and ready to play by the time dinner
I refused to buy those early computers cuz they weren't as powerful as
the timesharing systems I had access to.
>> My first modem was 600 baud. I had an external 5.25" diskette drive
(after I gave the cassette set-up the boot), and I was really
avant-garde at that point.
*My* first modem was 300 baud (sticks out tongue). You attached it to a
phone by *sticking the phone handset into rubber pockets in the modem*.
>> I was about 10 or 11 years old when I got this computer.
>> I was amazed with myself when I learned enough BASIC programmnig to
make the same word or phrase repeat all over the screen diagonally.
>> The original Star Wars movie is one of the first movies I
*distinctly* remember seeing in the movie theater. (I think we went 5
times, so it's burned into my memory.)
>> My favorite TV shows as a kid were The Facts of Life, The Love Boat,
and Fantasy Island. (Now, how's *that* for an eternally Google-able
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