Some computer memories

2014-04-13 2 min read

    Inspired by yesterday’s post I decided to compile a list the memories I’ve had growing up with computers - hopefully they spark others. I tried to keep these in chronological order but I made some mistakes.

    • The increase in the number of colors on a monitor and the various *GAs (CGA, EGA, VGA, XVGA)
    • Booting of one floppy disk and then running programs off another
    • Having both a 3.5 inch and a 5.25 inch floppy disk drives
    • Playing Prince of Persia for the first time
    • Using Norton Commander rather than the DOS command line
    • Shareware and the tons of paper catalogues selling games by mail
    • Upgrading to a 486 DX2
    • Installing Windows 3.1 from a ton of floppy disks
    • The wonderful blue screen of death
    • Getting a second phone line in order to use dial up
    • Getting AOL instant messenger and my first screenname
    • Upgrading to a 56k modem
    • Using NetZero as an ISP
    • Hosting my first website at Geocities (wish I knew where it was and could dig it up)
    • Lycos and AltaVista
    • Finally getting a cable modem
    • Learning Pascal and C++ in high school
    • Warcraft 2, Starcraft, Diablo, Total Annihilation, Shattered Galaxy and LAN parties
    • Using Google for the first time
    • Signing up for the Gmail beta
    • Getting my first smartphone, a Motorola Droid I

    Since then, I’ve had a ton of experiences but they feel incremental. I guess being steeped in tech for so long gives that perception.