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I am proud to say I have an 8" disk on prominent display in my home office. I've always been interested in "old tech" - so my dad found a bunch of 8" disks laying around at his work, and gave them to me, because I always wanted to see one. The capacity of the disks ranged from 512 bytes to 1K. I gave one to my boyfriend and he framed it.
My dad tells a story of how he brought me into work when I was around 2 or 3, and I got into someone's desk drawer, and completely disorganized a co-worker's punch cards. Apparently these had to be fed into a computer in a precise order - yikes! I do not remember this event, but he has photos of me sitting in the drawer.
I loved WordStar. I went through the whole tutorial and got pretty good at it, and used it a lot to write stories, poems, and school papers.
Anyone here remember "Microsoft Bob"?
Any former BBS geeks here?
I remember also the "dittos" with the purplish ink - I actually disliked them and was always afraid that the ink would get on my hand - so I was worrying too much about that to remember this "great smell" I've heard so much about! :)
From: John Hedtke <john -at- hedtke -dot- com>
Subj: RE: old school
Date: Tue May 20, 2008 10:41 am
To: "Tammy Van Boening" <Tammy -dot- VanBoening -at- healthlanguage -dot- com>;"AL Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>; <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
"Oh, look, it's a record of the Beatles!" "Yeah, I've heard of
them!" --actual conversation between two 12-yo girls some years ago.
I share most of the experiences on Al's list. My ex and I bought an
honest-to-goodness IBM-brand PC with the 4.77MHz chip and all, though
Northstar systems (and other things that ran the S-100 bus), 8"
diskettes, programming HP3000 Series III computers, and punching my
programs on cards using IBM 024/026 keypunches to feed to the IBM
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