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Subject:Re: old school From:"Chris Morton" <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> To:"fritillary -at- gmail -dot- com" <fritillary -at- gmail -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Mon, 26 May 2008 15:58:00 -0700
Yep! I've got a shink-wrapped copy of M$ Bob, developed and championed by
none other than Melinda (French) Gates.
On 5/20/08, fritillary -at- gmail -dot- com <fritillary -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> 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! :)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Hedtke <john -at- hedtke -dot- com>
> Subj: RE: old school
> Date: Tue May 20, 2008 10:41 am
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> 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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