Re: [NTLK] [OT] The Good Old Days... (was eMates, 130s, 2100s, ...)

From: bob barkany (
Date: Thu Mar 21 2002 - 09:35:16 EST

On 21/3/02 2:16 PM, "Eric L. Strobel" <> wrote:

> at the temporal coordinates: 3/21/02 3:03 AM, the entity known as Sushi a=
> conveyed the following:
>>>> On Wed, 20 Mar 2002, Philip Katz wrote:
>>>> I can't buy anything off ya, but I do feel for you. I'm
>>>> in eighth grade and I have a 2100, icebook, iMac (bondi),
>>>> iBook SE, Centris 610, Quadra 700, LC 575, and a bunch of
>>>> classics and Ses (I got most of these at an auction).
>>>> Granted I only really use the 2100 and icebook, my room
>>>> is full.
>>> On 3/21/02 @ 12:32, Victor Rehorst wrote:
>>> Lucky kids. When I was in grade 7 and 8 I had a 386/25.
>>> And the old XT clone was kickin' around. And I think I
>>> still had the TRS-80 Model I plugged in "for nostalgia"
>>> before its monitor gave up the ghost.
>> What computer. We don't need no stinkin computer! ;-)
>> We had electronic typewriters -- does that count? :-o
>> BTW, I was very happy to get a 4 function calculator with % and memory
>> when I was in the 8th grade. The 9 volt battery lasted about 20 minutes=
>> But it sure beat using a slide rule.
> I was just gonna comment that y'all need to stop whining and get a slide
> rule! :-) Actually, I think they ought to still teach at least one cours=
> with a slide rule, not just how to use it, but why it works. There's
> fundamental math skills to be had there that just aren't taught nowadays.
> (I've thought about mounting my slide rule in a case that reads "In Case =
> Emergency, Break Glass")
> My dad got a Radio Shack 4-function calculator (with square root!!) for
> about $200 when I was in 8th grade. If you chop off an MP130 at the bott=
> of the screen, that's about the size of this thing, with "chiclet" button=
> the size of my thumbnail. We got an electric typewriter the previous yea=
> But hey, while we're dating ourselves, I remember watching Mercury launch=
> on a BLACK & WHITE cabinet style TV and playing records (including 78's) =
> a HiFi. Ahhh, tubes! And the more leisurely pace of having to wait for
> your TV to "warm up".
> And all the stuff we're drooling over today will seem just as quaint in
> another 40 years or so...
> - Eric.

AH, You lot don=B9t know you were born.
We didn=B9t have a telly in our shoebox on central reservation of M1 motorway=
We had to licked the condesation of the walls of said shoebox to get a
Calculators.... I used to have the whole family lined up without socks on t=
do my maths homework..... The good old days......

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