Mikey1969: So what were you driving in 1993?I don't know, it was my roommate's computer, but I could play some games on it and check out basic porn, was there really anything else I needed to do at the time? I was unsophisticated, and AOL was all I needed...
madgonad: sammyk: To this day my Mom says its the best $100 she ever spent. Both my brother and I have very successful IT careers and it all goes back to that primitive little device we got when we were 14-15. We were at the perfect age brimming with curiousity and all we wanted to do is see how far we could push that thing. My childhood hobby became my career and I have not truely worked a day of my life.Which explains why I have never dealt with an IT person that does anything right or knows their own systems and networks better than me and I just work in finance.
Lawnchair: 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.
wildcardjack: Thanks to hindsight, that $2000 invested in a PC in 1993 should have been put into MSFT, which traded around $2.50 that year. It's split five times since then and paid dividends since 2003...Not as great as if you'd spent $2k on MSFT in 1986. You could live a nice life on that one. Now everyone IPO's their stock as overvalued companies that'll never justify their opening price and the only way to make good money in the market is taking options on who they'll crash next./Okay, maybe the cynical note's from a pulled muscle.
Joe_diGriz: I had pretty much the same configuration as my first non-hand-me-down PC. (And geez, what a step up from the 286 I had been using.) It was actually pulled form my college fund; since my parents realized that said fund might pay for about a half-semester of college in 1992, thy just invested about $2200 (ouch) of it into a computer instead. Given that pretty much everyone else on my floor had the college-leased (Steven's Tech required early on that every student have a computer) 386SX, it was pretty much the last time I actually had something that could run circles around my friends' computers.
Babwa Wawa: That freaky lady at 5:35 is Lisa Biow. She gave up computers and is now a certified rolfer.
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