(at least compared to today’s standards)
One of the skills that I learned as a teenager was to stretch the truth when it meets my needs. Recently, my wife asked if I had cleaned the computer area / museum and, of course, my answer was yes. If the truth be known, the centre of the room is well vacuumed. The artifacts around the room did have a layer or two of dust though. It’s generally not too bad; I keep a Swiffer handy to clean off the keyboard and monitor should breathing become laboured. I actually blew my scheme when I went looking for a replacement for the Swiffer and couldn’t really answer why except to spill the beans.
It really was a job that needed to be done. Cable management was truly a thing of the past.
To push me over the top, we had enjoyed this Pinterest page last night. http://www.pinterest.com/sandybiven/do-you-remember/
Like most computer people (you, perhaps?) I have kept every manual for every device of software that I’ve ever owned. It really is an impressive collection. That’s also a sign of datedness. Nobody ships manuals anymore. They’re available on external media or online or things are so intuitive that you really don’t need a manual.
Life wasn’t always that easy to be connected. I’ve mentioned before but I used to run a Bulletin Board System as a hobby and turned a section of it into what we now call an LMS for those of my students who were connected at home. Now, this was pre-internet times – I had purchased a second phone line just for computer use and students would have their computer call mine.
As I was cleaning the museum today, I did find a very dusty tool that was key to it. I wondered out loud if I would even be able to remember how to connect it, how to program it, or even where to find a piece of software to run it. As I was cleaning, I flipped it over and saw that I didn’t need the manual.
and zooming in…
I can’t believe that there was a time when I had all of this committed to memory!
So, here’s today’s test. Did you study?
- What is the device?
- Who was the manufacturer?
- How fast did it run?
- Why can’t I connect it to this laptop computer?
- Why on earth does Doug keep it around?
Actually, I’ll answer the last question…I use it as a bookend for the top shelf over top my workspace!