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Am I the oldest newbie or what?

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#1 patch_eyed_biker


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Posted 07 May 2009 - 04:45 PM

I have been skulking around the site for a while, and decided to introduce myself. I got my start with computers when the occupied air-conditioned "clean rooms", and did my first programming in COBOL and fortran. I got started messing around with micro computers, which was the name we gave those little home-builds that we used to access various bulletin boards and occasionally FTP a term paper from a remote university using AARPANET. (The term PC hadn't been invented yet, IBM introduced if for their Micro Computers.) My first micro was an Altair, that I built myself from a bag of parts I bought at Tandy (ancestor of Radio Shack), and I still have the solder burns to prove it. I got out of the computer business for a while, to get a "real" job and earn some money to pay back those demons-from-the-nethermost-regions-derived-student-loans. Now I'm Back.

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#2 DrummerDean


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Posted 07 May 2009 - 06:18 PM

Hey, you might know my Mom. Well, she's been using computers since "those days." First one she brought home was a Tandy. We used to play the first "King's Quest" game on it. Wish I had bought some Microsoft stock back then. She still has a ZEOS that I believe does work. Remember them....about 3 ft tall...can't recall the specs. I used to hang out on a bulletin board or two during the early 90's. Constructed one just for kicks, called it "Deano's Bar & Grill." Finally met some of the guys in person right before the whole thing fizzled. Oh well, time marches on. Now I don't know any of the many people I "know" and Windows 7 is running on another system behind me. I'm plundering around it a bit....just for kicks.

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