Friday Fun Fact: Back in the day…

I thought today I would share what I think about when I hear people complaining about the speed of their Internet connection and computers, and the lack of memory on their various devices (and, yes, I have been known to be one of those people).

Does anyone remember this?

Commodore PET computer

The Commodore PET

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THIS was the first computer I ever used.  I was in grade 11, and our high school had just started its first Computer Science (I think that’s what it was called) class.  And we used PET computers.  What a disappointment – I was expecting Star Trek, and I got a teeny tiny monitor (the Commodore site – http://www.commodore.ca/commodore-products/commodore-pet-the-worlds-first-personal-computer/ – says it was 9 inches), and a “practical storage device”, in reality a cassette tape drive (yes – cassette tape!), which took FOREVER to save the simplest code onto.  I don’t remember much about what we coded into the PETs, but I do remember having to spend hours and hours flowcharting everything first, and then hours and hours entering code praying it would work, then hours and hours saving the code onto the practical storage device to hand in.

I didn’t touch a computer again for several years.  I was in university, and it was my brother’s Apple IIE– or was it an Apple IIc, no definitely a IIe…  Anyway, it had no hard drive, but at least saved everything onto a floppy disc instead of a cassette tape – a 5 ¼ inch disc, mind you.  But that’s a story for another day.

The Apple IIe

The Apple IIe computer

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5 Responses to Friday Fun Fact: Back in the day…

  1. M-R says:

    We didn’t have the exact same computers – but we had some bee-yooties ! How clearly I remember when Stringer and I moved up to one that had a separate hard drive – with something like 50 bytes of memory ! Or was it 5 …?

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