Thanks Mik, all this talk of 8088 & 80286, actual differences in "Modem" speeds, along with Reader Rabbit is making me feel older than I am. Even more so as just yesterday I was over at a friend's house and their daughter was taking typing lessons from Mavis. She didn't believe me when I told her that lady's mom taught me how to type fast...
Now I have all sorts of things coming to mind. Oh god, just remembered back when Jumpers were plastered everywhere on boards and not a label in sight.
Ditto on part 2. Also, Mavis Beacon's Daughter -also- teaches typing? Did not know that. I learned to type on this game
though. writer Rabbit, Reader Rabbit, and Mario Teaches Typing for basic reading/writing/typing and other stuff like Hugo and the old Lucasarts games as I got older.
My first computer was a Commodore VIC-20
I had a few games on carts and a tape machine that ran a text driven rpg.
I was blown away by my 'multimedia' Packard Bell a few years later that could play a grainy video in a small box.
It amazes me how prevalent technology is for the masses today and how obscure and archaic it was just in my short life time.
Ditto for the Packard Bell. I remember that thing came with like 12 free programs; 3D Dinosaur Adventure (with glasses) Journeyman Turbo, Encarta (Remember encarta?), a Spiderman comic maker, some other stuff I forget... we still have the CD-ROMs.
I'm also kinda astounded at how far technology has come; nowadays you're starting to see cell phone plans for 13 year olds or even 8 year olds... when I was that age and my mom wanted me, she just opened the front door and yelled really loudly; same as her parents did it. They called it the "Baltimore Pager System". While I certainly don't miss dialup and the idea that a site with more than 2-3 .gifs on it meant you had to go make a sandwich while the page loaded, I do miss the childish naivete of being able to go for a walk without having to worry about kids getting abducted, raped, and killed. Possibly not even in that order.
My main regrets are that my children will never know the joys I had growing up. ****, most toddlers today aren't familiar with the concept of toys that don't talk/play music/make noise. One of my cousins brought her kid over once; I was letting him look through some of my old toys in the basement and he actually asked me "What does it do?" about one of my stuffed animals. Although to be fair, my first teddy bear talked. Actually, I think it just repeated what I said back to me, I can't remember. I still have it, it just hasn't worked in ages. It's not one of those Teddy Ruxpin bears; it's gray with an orange button on its chest. I don't know the name of it; used to call him "Friend bear". Shut up, I was like two or three or something.
I'm getting off on a massive tangent though.
I'm married too and for some reason hearing that made me feel really depressed. :/
Its the truth the years are flying now, my grandmother once told me the older you get the faster time flies by. And so far shes right! =/
Here is something that will really make you sad. Say I only live until I am 70 years old, that's only 29 more summers. Thinking like that really makes me sad!
If you think of life in terms of how long you have left, it will always depress you. Especially when you consider that you have no idea how long you have left. You or I could just as easily get hit by a runaway 18 wheeler and die tomorrow. You could have a heart attack in your sleep tonight. How's that for **** depressing?
Actually, this whole freaking post is depressing. Oh, to be an ignorant whelp once more, where my only care in the world was whether to follow the directions that came with the legos or try to figure it out myself.