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Old 01-03-2012, 01:54 PM   #61
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You know you're getting old if you still mail your utilities bill.
That's me! Our electric company charges $4.99 per month to pay electronically, so I said to heck with that!
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:22 PM   #62
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^$4.99?!? That is pathetic.

You know you're old when you're crotchety about everything.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:15 PM   #63
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I typed the first draft of my dissertation on a manual Olympia typewriter. Much whiteout was consumed in that process.
Do you mean to tell us that whiteout had already been invented then? Why, you must be a veritable youngster!

We had to use those little white anti-carbon papers to strike out the mistakes.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:19 PM   #64
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Do you mean to tell us that whiteout had already been invented then? Why, you must be a veritable youngster!

We had to use those little white anti-carbon papers to strike out the mistakes.
That reminds me: did you hear about the man who mixed up his bottles of Viagra and white-out?

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He woke up in the morning with a massive correction!
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:25 PM   #65
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Paper tape. I always bring up paper tape when people mention punch cards. I did use punch cards, but one of the machines I worked on (in fact the first one that I could claim some actual professional association with) used paper tape. Ghastly stuff..
I got really good at wrapping paper tape around my fingers in a figure eight roll so it would feed off correctly to the tape reader.

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The other story, which is much later, was about the Internet, although not the Internet we know today. I worked for Digital in the '80s and they had a private network connecting their offices using DECnet (gone now...).
When I was writing my resume for my PMP certification my first IT project was upgrading from a PDP-11 with RS-232 VT 52/100 terminals to a Vax with DECnet.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:30 AM   #67
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:06 PM   #68
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That's me! Our electric company charges $4.99 per month to pay electronically, so I said to heck with that!
That is really pathetic. Normally they prefer auto-payment because it ensures the payment.

If I misunderstood electronic payment: I am getting too old not to know the difference between electronic bill payment and automatic deduction from bank account.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:49 PM   #69
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when you prefer to read or watch tv rather than have sex
Maybe that's not about *you* getting old.

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When you mention doing something you've done for years, or wanted to do for years, and hear, "Don't you think you're a little too old for that?" (Happened to me last year)
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Yes you truly know that you are getting old when you can recollect using one of these whenever one of the tubes in the T.V or radio went bad.
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Wow, I'd almost forgotten about those. How about this one--I remember getting the fit checked on some Buster Browns with one of these:



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In order to produce a stack of these.

I did have to use punch cards for one programming course (Fortran). But most of my programming in graduate school was in Pascal on the Terak computers that ran the UCSD p-System.

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You know you're getting old when your child thinks VHS is a sexually transmitted disease.
You know you're really getting old when VHS *is* an STD and you don't know it.

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That reminds me: did you hear about the man who mixed up his bottles of Viagra and white-out?
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:56 PM   #70
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You know you're getting old when...

...you remember seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. On a black and white t.v.

...you remember when men didn't go outside bare-headed. And they didn't wear ball caps either, unless they were ball players!

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Old 01-05-2012, 04:56 AM   #71
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:53 PM   #72
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Wow, I'd almost forgotten about those. How about this one--I remember getting the fit checked on some Buster Browns with one of these:


I've used those, and so far I haven't developed toe nail cancer!

Do you remember the Buster Brown jingle?

Spoiler:
I'm Buster Brown
I live in a shoe
That's my dog Tagg
He lives in there too

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Old 01-05-2012, 09:15 PM   #73
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...Do you remember the Buster Brown jingle?...
No, I *don't* remember it.

Maybe I'm not as old as you.

Or maybe I'm older and getting senile!!
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