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(Mental Floss)   How to buy a computer...1993 edition   ( divider line
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9794 clicks; posted to Geek » on 26 Mar 2013 at 8:33 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-03-26 02:05:38 PM  
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Well, one thing hasn't changed in 20 years, the Middle Aged White Guy Business Casual Uniform: Khakis, blue button-up shir, dress belt and shiny watch.  Steve Ballmer has three closets full of these.
2013-03-26 10:53:18 AM  
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sammyk: pfft! My 1st computer. 16k of RAM and I had to hack a cassette tape deck for storage.

/whats a cassette?

The scary part about the TI-99 you see there.  That's what my family WAS running circa 1993.  And, yes, you're remembering things correctly... TI pulled out of the computer market in 1984.
The fact that the machine was orphaned meant that my dirt-poor (but nerdy) folks could get one for around $100 in '84 and the disk-drive expansion box for $100 (used) in '85.

After that, until about 1994 or so, we were in a weird Galapagos Island (or Japanese war holdout) end of computers.  There were a few thousand TI-99 people who were still writing software, holding conventions, doing fairly intense desktop publishing and graphics, all on ten-year-defunct weird old machines.  We didn't have the money to upgrade, were in a small town (largely disconnected from the broader computer culture), and so just kept plugging away at the miserable beastie.

Computer Chronicles was a PBS show, so we'd watch it.  All the talk about megabytes of RAM and CD-ROM drives were just sorta mythical... like North Koreans who believe that the rest of the world is rich, but don't even really understand what that means.
2013-03-26 08:47:57 AM  
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Babwa Wawa: That freaky lady at 5:35 is Lisa Biow.  She gave up computers and is now a certified rolfer.

I read that as 'Blow' and had an entirely different interpretation of what 'rolfing' was.
2013-03-26 11:47:38 AM  
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2013-03-26 11:26:14 AM  
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2013-03-26 10:22:14 AM  
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2013-03-26 08:04:12 AM  
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From the "where are they now?" files:

That freaky lady at 5:35 is Lisa Biow.  She gave up computers and is now a certified rolfer.
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