Gen X, the generation that remembers when computers were things you only used sometimes.
@djsundog Witnessing the transformation from the PET, though Sinclair's and Commodore's breakthroughs, to what we have now, was quite a ride.
@eldergoth for real and for true
@djsundog they were such mysterious and expensive boxes that parents nervously let us use to type in BASIC code and play educational games like Lemonade Stand to teach us capitalism and Oregon Trail to teach us how to uh...die from dysentery? Otherwise they were put to use by mum to write letters and balance the chequebook and dad to keep track of his stocks and amortize and whatever on his "calc".
@djsundog maybe my perspectives on computers and tendencies toward self sufficiency come from having pre-boomer parents. Having been born into the great depression taught them to respect possessions of value and make things last. And maybe to be a bit stingy too lol.
When we had our computer break and the shop wanted to sell us a new one instead of fix it dad and I set upon fixing it ourselves. If we couldn't fix it at least it was a learning experience!
@chr it was a whole thing. you could walk around and look at things and they wouldn't have a computer inside of them but you could still do stuff with them. it was a time of sorcery.
@djsundog but......how to toast bread without computer??? where would the linux go??
@chr I know, yet it happened - I saw it myself
@mdhughes @chr you could play an analog VHS into an analog UHF transmitter and then record the output of any number of corresponding analog VHS recorders connected to UHF receivers and have broadcast quality replica at each without any complex computers even being in the same rooms and I think that's beautiful.
@djsundog I remember this, too! Those were the days.
This is a private instance that @firstname.lastname@example.org is using for development and testing.