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Old 12-13-2019, 08:47 AM   #42526
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49? Oh, to be 49 again, lol!

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The thing is I'm still wondering "what happened?" Wasn't I just 21 a few yrs ago. Now I'm just 364 days off from the big 5 - 0.
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Just finishing up supper and trying to enjoy my Birthday. I turn 49 today so alas I only have 364 days til I turn 50. Where have all the years gone?
Cheer up. Next year is leap year.
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Old 12-13-2019, 09:35 AM   #42528
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The thing is I'm still wondering "what happened?" Wasn't I just 21 a few yrs ago. Now I'm just 364 days off from the big 5 - 0.
I feel ya. I just turned 64 and I'm wondering, WTH?

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Old 12-13-2019, 09:52 AM   #42529
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I feel ya. I just turned 64 and I'm wondering, WTH?

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What's really eye opening is that when my dad was 49 I was a young kid of 16. Of course way back in 1986 there were no CD players, Cell phones, high speed internet, etc. How did we survive? Happy (belated) Birthday Hitch.
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Old 12-13-2019, 09:54 AM   #42530
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The ones I feel sorry for are those who have a birthday on Feb. 29th. Imagine being 60 but only ever having had 15 birthdays on the proper day.
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Old 12-13-2019, 01:02 PM   #42531
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What's really eye opening is that when my dad was 49 I was a young kid of 16. Of course way back in 1986 there were no CD players, Cell phones, high speed internet, etc. How did we survive? Happy (belated) Birthday Hitch.
Hell, I was in my 30's before we had a "desktop computer" in the office--which we had because my husband and I built it (286 box) and brought it in. With diskettes, you betcha!

I had one of the first brick phones, also in my 30's. My own personal cellphone use hasn't really changed much since then, but I admit, I'm glad that they're smaller.

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Old 12-13-2019, 01:29 PM   #42532
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Hell, I was in my 30's before we had a "desktop computer" in the office--which we had because my husband and I built it (286 box) and brought it in. With diskettes, you betcha!
The first computer I used was an IBM mainframe at a bank. The bank seemed to run at least one of everything made, so I logged time on other platforms, too, like Digital Equipment Corporation mini-computers.

The original IBM PC, with a 4.77mhz Intel 8088 CPU, (up to) 640KB of RAM, CGA graphics, and two 360KB 5.25" floppy drives was just starting to appear on desktops, as an engine to run the Lotus 123 spreadsheet.

I resisted getting a computer at home. I spent most working hours in front of a CRT screen, and wanted life outside of computers.

The first "home" computer I got wasn't a PC. I was working for a small Unix systems house that resold AT&T gear when AT&T was in the computer business. AT&T had tried to compete with the IBM PC with a desktop Unix workstation called the UNIX-PC. They cancelled the line, and a 3B1 (a more powerful version of the UNIX-PC in the same form factor) became available at a fire sale price and I got one. (I still have it.)

My first actual PC was a pre-owned XT clone running MSDOS 3.3. I tricked it out with a faster replacement motherboard, NEC V20 CPU, Hercules video card, an addon card with 1MB of expansion RAM, split between disk cache, RAMdisk, and EMS memory for apps that could use it, and two 20MB Seagate ST-225 MFM hard drives.

Life goes on and things change. My Palm TX PDA has more RAM, a faster processor, and more storage (in the form of a 4GB SDcard), than my original PC and several generations of later ones I got to run Windows, and I could carry it in a pocket.

The current desktop is a refurb ex-corporate HP model. It came with a quad-core 3.1ghz Intel i5-2400 CPU, 8GB RAM, Intel HD2000 graphics, and a 512GB SATA HD, with Win7 Pro preinstqalled. The base cost was $250. I added an SSD card originally bought for a failed Dell desktop it replaced, cloned Win7 to it, set it as boot drive, and installed Win10 Pro. It's low end as such things go, but entirely adequate for what I do with it, and it Just Works.

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I had one of the first brick phones, also in my 30's. My own personal cellphone use hasn't really changed much since then, but I admit, I'm glad that they're smaller.
My cell phone is the smallest, cheapest, least powerful feature phone Samsung makes, used with a prepaid plan. At home I have VOIP service through my cable company, and the cell is only used when traveling. All it does is callas and SMS, and that's all I want it to do. Everything else is something else's job.

I have a smartphone, but don't use it as a phone. It's a pass along from a friend who lost it, get another phone, found it again and passed it to me. I wiped it and reconfigured. It's a PDA with WiFi, Bluetooth, and a serviceable 8MP camera. It's incredibly useful, but not a phone.
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Old 12-13-2019, 01:36 PM   #42533
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The first computer I used was an IBM mainframe at a bank. The bank seemed to run at least one of everything made, so I logged time on other platforms, too, like Digital Equipment Corporation mini-computers.

The original IBM PC, with a 4.77mhz Intel 8088 CPU, (up to) 640KB of RAM, CGA graphics, and two 360KB 5.25" floppy drives was just starting to appear on desktops, as an engine to run the Lotus 123 spreadsheet.
Oh, yeah. Remember the glory of Mathcad, and then Lotus 1-2-3? Oh, jeeeze, it was HEAVEN.

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I have a smartphone, but don't use it as a phone. It's a pass along from a friend who lost it, get another phone, found it again and passed it to me. I wiped it and reconfigured. It's a PDA with WiFi, Bluetooth, and a serviceable 8MP camera. It's incredibly useful, but not a phone.
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Does anyone else mourn OS/2?

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Old 12-13-2019, 03:33 PM   #42534
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Oh, yeah. Remember the glory of Mathcad, and then Lotus 1-2-3? Oh, jeeeze, it was HEAVEN.
I was amused. The bank I worked at used a mainframe based financial modeling package to do what Lotus 123 took over doing, and I was a resident expert in the mainframe package. I watched managers write memos as Lotus 123 text cells and print them out, because they knew how to more or less use Lotus, but didn't know how to use a word processor. Email did not then exist, and memos were photocopied and distributed in hard copy by sneakernet.

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I resisted anything but a flip phone for ages, but Mr. Hitch just HADDA HAVE maps. :-)
I can't say a blame him. I find Google Maps a timesink, virtually traveling the world and looking at all manner of odd places. But I don't need them on my phone. (When you don't own a car or drive, and get places by paying other folks to transport you, maps are far less necessary.)

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No. I mourn a bit for what it might have been, but it was strangled in its crib by disgreements between IBM and Microsoft over what it was supposed to be.

I had OS/2 Warp on a server at one employer. It just ran, and was part of a specialized telephony system. All I had to do was bring it up and shut it down, and nothing between. That's the sort of hands off I like.
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Old 12-15-2019, 02:26 PM   #42536
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I was amused. The bank I worked at used a mainframe based financial modeling package to do what Lotus 123 took over doing, and I was a resident expert in the mainframe package. I watched managers write memos as Lotus 123 text cells and print them out, because they knew how to more or less use Lotus, but didn't know how to use a word processor. Email did not then exist, and memos were photocopied and distributed in hard copy by sneakernet.
OMG....I've seen that sort of thing over and over, way back when. I mean...WHY? Sheesh.


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I can't say a blame him. I find Google Maps a timesink, virtually traveling the world and looking at all manner of odd places. But I don't need them on my phone. (When you don't own a car or drive, and get places by paying other folks to transport you, maps are far less necessary.)
Mr. Hitch is a retired, old-school pilot. Maps and charts are his jam. ;-)


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No. I mourn a bit for what it might have been, but it was strangled in its crib by disgreements between IBM and Microsoft over what it was supposed to be.
I had SUCH hopes for it. I was so, so damn excited when I saw it. But, as you say...sigh.

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