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[#] Sun Jan 04 2004 13:40:39 EST from Artee @ The Cocoon!

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My daughters friend (12 years old) said that her father has "big CD's". I thought she was talking about laser discs but she was talking about albums.

I feel old.

[#] Sun Jan 04 2004 23:52:07 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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apple //e in 6th grade? that makes you younger than me. and you've got 2 kids already. yeesh, I'm old.

[#] Sun Jan 04 2004 23:52:19 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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or you got left back a lot ;-

[#] Mon Jan 05 2004 07:47:12 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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The only computers they had in my highschool were TRS-80s (model I and III).
We were unusually lucky to have them. And I actually had a chance to submit a COBOL program (for an assignment) to a mainframe using a 300 baud modem.
The program was something just barely more useful then Hello World, but you get the idea. But, I should probably wax poetic about this kind of junk in the Ancient Computing room rather than here.

[#] Mon Jan 05 2004 05:02:06 EST from Artee @ The Cocoon!

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When I was in highschool, I used to go to Honeywell on Wednesday nights and learn BASIC programming on a Multics system. No display, just a keyboard and printer.

[#] Mon Jan 05 2004 10:35:58 EST from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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I'm younger than fleeb and Ford and my school had 4 TRS-80s.

[#] Mon Jan 05 2004 10:48:15 EST from Arjay @ Dog Pound BBS II

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My junior high had 10 TRS-80 Model I's...and the teacher's computer even had a 1,000KB fixed disk installed! :)

[#] Mon Jan 05 2004 12:04:28 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I'm getting a sense of deja vu, w've had this conversation before. My HS had Decwriters connected to the BOCES PDP-11/70 system. And a couple of PET's.

[#] Mon Jan 05 2004 15:50:35 EST from roue @ Dog Pound BBS II

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my highschool had grains of sand and we used them with tweezers to practice binary arithmatic. When we got the answer wrong they beat us with lead pipes.

[#] Mon Jan 05 2004 17:11:39 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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but now, we're so old we all forget we talked about it, so we can have the same entertaining discussion again.
this is also why we end up beating the same horses to death over and over.

well, when *I* was in school we had to CARRY our mainframes on our BACKS uphill both ways. one guy would have to pedal on a generator to power it while the other person punched holes in punch cards with a pencil.

[#] Wed Jan 07 2004 16:36:01 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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flynn: I know it's been almost a month since you asked, but are you still looking for a copy of the Sci-Fi channel's remake of "Battlestar Galactica?"
I recorded it onto my DVR, and I just recently got myself a DVD burner, so I could burn you a copy--assuming, of course, I can actually transfer video from the DVR to the computer. :)

[#] Wed Jan 07 2004 20:36:26 EST from flynn @ Uncensored

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Spellbinder :Woohoo!!! I would absolutely love that. Any format. If you can't burn it as a DVD, burn it onto CD, as an mpeg, or avi file, that would be fantastic!\

[#] Wed Jan 07 2004 20:40:46 EST from flynn @ Uncensored

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Ford II: Not that young. Our kds are 8 & 9, two boys, and I'm 32. Graduated Grade 12 in '89, took a year technical school in '91, and went back to college for 2 years in '94 for education degree.

Of course, what I'm doing now (media monitoring) is nowhere close to what I had any idea I would be doing at this age. It is like science fiction. If anyone had told me in '89, that 15 years from then, none of what I took in school would apply to what I was doing, and what I was doing would be something I would have never have thought, I would have told them to F**k off.
Anyone else like this?

But then, after high school, I had no idea what I wanted to be doing, just didn't think I'd be where I am now, that's all.

[#] Thu Jan 08 2004 05:35:55 EST from Artee @ The Cocoon!

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I spent 13 years having a great time engineering computer control systems, installing and servicing equipment all over the world. Free travel and fun work, it was great.

When the company got sold a few years ago, I didn't want to get sold so I started my own company. The new owner of my old job closed down the engineering department, so I would have been out of a job anyway, but now I spend my day handling business matters and it's so incredibly boring.

I really miss working at 3:00AM with other burned out engineers trying to make a deadline but now that I have a business that provides job shop services, I just manage a bunch of people doing easy stuff, and spend the rest of my time doing tax paperwork.


[#] Thu Jan 08 2004 12:59:43 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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Heh, when I was in college, studying Public History, I thought it would be so great to have someone pay me to just look stuff up for them.
Then I got a job in Marketing Research doing just that... talk about BORING!!!
Now I'm Production Manager for a Legal Newspaper and I use pretty much all the skills I have aquired throughout my (adult) work history. It's nice... especially since I'm viewed in the office and the "fix it" person whenever something goes wrong... both a blessing and a curse.

[#] Thu Jan 08 2004 13:28:31 EST from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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flynn: Yeah. I did tell them to fuck off - left structured school at 15 to
do homeschooling and got a job. Started 2 companis that failed. Started
cooking, got fired, went back to consulting, am now starting to hate
computers. Wake me in 15 years when the shit works. Anyway, want to get back
to cooking, but I need a place to live first.

[#] Thu Jan 08 2004 13:37:14 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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Charlotte, NC is a nice place to live.
I bet I know someplace you guys could stay while you're getting jobbed and domesticated...

[#] Thu Jan 08 2004 15:43:56 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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T - domesticated?? That might be a challenge.

[#] Thu Jan 08 2004 16:04:56 EST from roue @ Dog Pound BBS II

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studied biology in College. Did three years of molbio research at a cancer hospital in Philly. Did one year of grad school for a phd in
molbio. Hated it. Miserable. Dropped out. Went hiking. Six months later I got a job doing computer tech support for a private school. Three years later they made me "Webmaster". Now I'm doing perl coding and helping university faculty use the web in their teaching. Never would have predicted this.

[#] Thu Jan 08 2004 16:21:47 EST from girthta @ Uncensored

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Maybe I should say "domiciled" instead.

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