SFW: The "When I was young...." thread

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  1. moonman239 macrumors 68000

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    When I was young,
    The closest thing people had to an always-on Internet connection was a phone line nobody used to call others.
    Simply being able to talk or send a text message on a cellphone was cool. If you wanted to use the Internet, you had to use a computer. And there was no such thing as Wi-Fi - you had to go to a place where you could use a wired connection, such as a public library.
    On that note, I remember my local library had a Telnet server that would give local residents access to the library's catalog.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    When I was young, the closest thing to a computer was called pong.
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    Who remembers this, in connection with the early computers
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    When I was young, my dad wouldn't get a computer with colour monitor, it was monochrome.

    Playing a game was like this...

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  4. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    I remember that. But I suspect neither of us was exactly young when we used those.

    When I was young telephones still supported party lines and computers were something you only saw in science fiction movies.
     
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    Party lines were disappearing when I was young, though I remember the commercials to get people to use zip codes
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    We didn't have the internet when I was young. :)
     
  7. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Oh, come on, guys (and gals). An eon of time passes in just a whisper…..

    When I was young, the Pony Express had just started a coast to coast mail service…….you didn't even have the railway, let alone a hand cranked telephone with which you could dial the exchange.
     
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    The stuff I did when I was young could land me in jail today. I am just so glad that no one had the capability to record it and put it online!!!
     
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    When I was young, computers were those huge things that filled a whole room, with spinning tape wheels and punch card readers. Grocery coupons had a corner cut off and holes punched in them to be read by those.
     
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    When I was young, everybody knew that the future was in IBM PC compatibles, and Apple had missed the boat and would decline into irrelevance.
     
  11. Huntn macrumors G5

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    When I was young, the closest thing to Pong was ping pong... ;)

    For long car trips, the strategy was look out the window, read a book, play a car game (like completing the alphabet picking words that started with each letter of the alphabet in order seen on passing signs and buildings), or the big time saver- sleep as long as you were not the driver... ;)

    On a vacation last summer out in the Black Hills, we made the grand kids leave their tablets in the hotel room when we were driving from point A to B, so they would be forced to enjoy the country side. Instead they ended up bickering with one another and horsing around in the back seat. The following day, they had their tabs back. :p
     
  12. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I pre-date Pong.

    We played these games called pinball machines. One play for a dime. Three plays for a quarter.
     
  13. heehee macrumors 68020

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    The I was young, I had to walk 15 miles to school, in the snow, barefoot, uphill, both ways.
     
  14. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    When I was young.... (Wait. I can't remember, where are my pills).
    This was my first PC/Laptop in the mid 80s, a REIN ELEKTRONIK 420 SLC (Made in Japan).

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  15. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    When I was young we had all those things posted on Facebook with the caption: like if you remember this.
     
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    When I was young death was not a potential side-effect of having sex.
     
  17. Scepticalscribe, Feb 3, 2016
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    You mean for men?

    Historically, vast numbers of women have died in child-birth, a lamentable fact often shrugged off by religious elders who casually deemed this 'an act of God'
     
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    No, I don't mean for men. I'm old, but not so old that "vast numbers of women" I might have sex with died in child-birth.
     
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    I (my parents, really) actually had a party line as late as 1987.

    I remember my first experience with the internet back in 1990 - before browsers, search engines (aside from Gopher), and using Unix work terminals with no mouse (or even arrow keys on the keyboard). The idea that I could log into and access a computer somewhere in the world without even physically knowing where it was located was perhaps the most fascinating thing I can remember learning.
     
  20. fitshaced macrumors 68000

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    When I was young life was filled with routine around tv scheduling.
     
  21. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    When I was young, everything was in black and white.
     
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    And they moved jerkily, when walking, for some strange and inexplicable reason.
     
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    When I was young there was only ABC, NBC, CBS and a few UHF channels on TV.
     
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    Being shot by the girl's father doesn't count?
     
  25. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    When I was 10, my brother and I got our first TV for our bedroom. A sleek, 12" black and white with a badass rotary tuner.
     

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