Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Wonder Women Wednesday: Computers

This week I asked Becky:  What word(s) do you love the sound of?  Do any words make you cringe?   You can read her answer HERE.

Becky asked me:  What type of computer did you first use on a regular basis? And what type did you first own?

I think I was in 3rd or 4th grade when my dad purchased our first home computer.  It was an Apple Macintosh and looked like this:

I used to draw pictures on it with MacPaint and play games like "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" and "Math Blaster."  I remember typing a report on the state of Florida on it.  Actually, I remember my mom typing most of the report for me. 

I also remember that my 6th grade teacher asked me to make a chart for him on the computer and in exchange I could choose who I sat next to in class.  My first graphic design assignment!

Black screen, bright green letters, big old floppy disks.  My 5th grade classroom had two of the same computers and we learned to type using a program called PAWS.  We also had inter-classroom email!    And I learned some DOS commands and was able to print out a picture of the Statue of Liberty made entirely out of ampersats (@) on our dot matrix printer.  

I can't remember when our family switched to PCs but I do remember using both throughout middle school and high school.   In college I had a PC but the professor I worked for used Macs.  I'm comfortable using either.  I used to be pretty good at figuring out and solving computer problems, but alas, technology has surpassed my ability and desire to understand most of it.

The first computer I purchased for myself was during my senior year of college.  I bought a laptop from Costco.  It was my first really big purchase and I remember feeling like a certified grown up when I paid for it.  I think it was an HP.

Today, we have a mish-mash of computer pieces.  The actual CPU is an e-machine and it's hooked up to a Dell monitor that is probably near 10 years old.  When this computer dies Geary has talked about getting a Mac laptop.  I'm not loyal to either system but I have to admit that I do love the clean, modern style of Macs.  

Wow, I feel like my answer is really boring.  What was your first computer?  And don't forget to check out Becky's answer to my question and tell us about your favorite and least favorite words!


  1. So awesome. I love the modern history of technology. Like early Seinfeld episodes where Jerry has that massive cell phone the size of a milk carton.

    The first computer I used was an Apple IIe that my dad bought when I was in third grade. I used it to play games like Pacman and Dig Dug and some sort of tank game where I had to jump over stuff and blow things up. There was also a disc that had music on it, like the William Tell Overture scaling in zeroes across the screen. I must have watched that a thousand times.

    The first computer I bought was a HUGE Tandy desktop with Windows 3.1 on it, about a year or so after I graduated from high school. And it had CompuServe dial-up internet. It gimped along for quite a few years before it finally died.

  2. Hmmm... Computers. I think the first time I used a computer was in 8th grade. It was like the one Jeana mentioned with the black screen and green letters. We didn't own a computer while I was still at home, I don't think. My junior year of college, George Fox included a small Mac computer in tuition, so that was my first computer of my own. Reid had a Mac when we got married. We've had several computers since then... all Macs - Reid's a Mac man. And


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