Monday, April 13, 2009
We have already discussed television and telephones in the good old days. Why don't we look back at the evolution of computers?
"oh boy. here she goes again."
You probably think there were no computers when I was young. But you're wrong!
"so you had computers when you were a kid? cool."
Well, no. Not when I was a kid. But by the time I was in college, the computer revolution was underway.
"god you're old"
Hey now. My college music department had a Moog synthesizer. It was the size of a 4-door Chevrolet. And my husband's roommate bought one of the first Hewlett-Packard personal calculators. He paid $400 for it.
"what? come on now"
Really. Before that, kids had to use slide rules for complicated equations.
"what if you didn't have a slide rule?"
Then you would do the math by hand. Multiplication, division, algebra -
"whoa, whoa, you're giving me a headache. what if you had to do like a square root? there's no way you can do that without a calculator."
Sure you can. There are formulas -
"spare me. how on earth did you send email?"
Oh, there was no email.
If you wanted to send someone a note, you wrote it on a slip of paper and passed it to them after class.
Nope. There were no computer games. No blogs. And no google. If you wanted to search for information, you had to go to the library.
"listen, i gotta go. but keep up the funny stories. you crack me up."
Do you want to hear about the video games we used to play? There was a tennis game that was lots of fun.
"no time, sorry. post it on facebook and i'll check it out later."
Ok, no problem. Remind me to tell you about the first laptops. They weighed 16 pounds and cost over $7,000.
"very funny. go take your meds."