Techno Fluff

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Sat, 11-12-2011 - 8:22pm

1. When did you get your first computer and what kind was it?

2. When did you get your first cell phone and how much did it weigh?

3. When did (or will) your child/ren get their first cell phone?

4. When did (or will) your child/ren get their first computer(laptop)?

5. For the really, really old. When did your get your first typewriter?

Bonus: What's the best and worst thing about owning a computer?

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Sun, 11-13-2011 - 8:28am

1. When did you get your first computer and what kind was it?

Apple IIC sometime during the mid/late-80s. My aunt and uncle were pretty high-tech people so they sold us their system really cheap one year. We played Lemonade Stand on and I used the word processor but I didn't have the ability to print.

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Sun, 11-13-2011 - 10:10am

1. When did you get your first computer and what kind was it?

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Sun, 11-13-2011 - 12:06pm
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1. When did you get your first computer and what kind was it?

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Sun, 11-13-2011 - 5:03pm
1. When did you get your first computer and what kind was it?

First computer in our household... early 80s, Commodore 64. My dad had a "laptop" for work in 1983. It was huge. I got my first computer personally when I was 15, early 90s. When I went to college, I was the only person in my building with a computer.

2. When did you get your first cell phone and how much did it weigh?

Hmmm... I can't remember. Had a prepaid for the whole family starting in 2000 or so. My mom had a huge one in the late 80s. All Miami Vice. LOL

3. When did (or will) your child/ren get their first cell phone?

My kids (7 and 11) don't have cell phones. They will get a cell phone when they truly need it... when they spend a significant amount of time away from school and us, or a responsible adult. That time has not come yet.

4. When did (or will) your child/ren get their first computer(laptop)?

Older child got his own laptop for Christmas last year. He was having to type at least 10 assignments, so he needed his own. (I'm in school FT, so we can't really share.)

5. For the really, really old. When did your get your first typewriter?

Hehe.

Bonus: What's the best and worst thing about owning a computer?

The best? I have loads of information at my fingertips. Worst? Worry about what the kids can get in to.

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Sun, 11-13-2011 - 5:06pm
That's so funny, we're opposites. I will gladly get my kids laptops, but I can see zero reason for them to have cell phones.

"It is said that men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men."


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Sun, 11-13-2011 - 7:42pm

1. When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? -- 1997ish?

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Mon, 11-14-2011 - 11:20am

1. When did you get your first computer and what kind was it?

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Mon, 11-14-2011 - 11:23am
1. When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? Probably 1996 or 1997. I used one at work well before that but didn't need one personally until after I got married when the "world wide web" made surfing at home more popular.

2. When did you get your first cell phone and how much did it weigh? I had what was called a "bag" phone back in 1992-93. It was this huge thing the size of a purse that plugged into to my lighter in my car. It wasn't something I ever took out of the car. I got it because I was traveling frequently from New York to Maryland by car alone and had it in case of emergency. I can't remember when I got my first handheld phone, but probably in the mid-90s. The bag phone weighed a lot but the handheld phone probably weighed about the same if not less than my current phone.

3. When did (or will) your child/ren get their first cell phone? None of my kids have a cell phone yet - my oldest is in 7th grade and has wanted one for years but she doesn't need one.

4. When did (or will) your child/ren get their first computer(laptop)? My kids have had a kid-computer for years but it's not hooked up to the internet. It was mainly for games when they were younger. About a year ago, BIL gave them his old iMac that did have internet which was only for them to use downstairs for things like homework, but it died. I'm getting a new computer soon, so my old computer will become "theirs" - they already use it now for school, but my new one will be mostly off limits to them. My 7th grader wants a laptop but she doesn't need one. I prefer them having only using the computer in public spaces anyway, so don't want to go down the road of a laptop at this point.

5. For the really, really old. When did your get your first typewriter? In high school. I took it to college with me too. No one had computers then! White out was my life in college!

Bonus: What's the best and worst thing about owning a computer? Best thing - access to the so much! Worst thing - access to so much! :)
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Mon, 11-14-2011 - 11:45am
For a very long time, we would not allow computers in the bedrooms. Then, we conceded, but pass word protected the internet...no internet in the bedrooms. But now, many of the kids' text books are online, and doing homework in public space is difficult, so we've compromised. The computers must be used at the desk in their rooms, and the bedroom doors are to remain open. It's not ideal for the kids, but they tell that it's better than sitting at the kitchen table.
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Mon, 11-14-2011 - 12:00pm

Our big computer is in our family room.