Throughout my life computers have changed and become more advanced than I ever dreamed. When they work they are wonderful; when they don’t they tend to be headaches. When they die they are paperweights that have to be destroyed with sledgehammers. In my lifetime I’ve had many different types of computers.
Starting with the Commodore 64.
I remember when my parents brought it home. I can still recall the games that could be played on it. I believe it was Zelda. I do know that it was text based and I had to select the options for the character to move through this world. A world that I had to see in my mind. There was a bridge that led to a castle, and the troll that lived there killed me every time. In an elementary school I went to, they had an Apple computer lab where we learned basic programming. It was great to be able to write instructions and have the computer print out images. Nothing like today.
At some point we got a Nintendo. Years later I got my first laptop computer. It weighs a considerable amount. Its in a closet. The issue with it was the power cord couldn’t remain plugged in anymore. Otherwise it still might work. Next came an old HP. Followed by a few more laptops and desktops. I’ve used floppy disks, 3.5 inch floppy discs, CD’s, DVD’s, and jump drives with computers. Out of all of them I prefer the jump drives when they are working because of the amount of information they can contain.
The operating systems for all of the computers has been Microsoft. I did on a laptop recently put on Linux. It ran into an issue where Linux, I think, no longer recognized the hard drive. I’m for sure not a software tech person. Years ago I could change out the parts on a computer and get a new operating system installed. But, it’s been a long time since I did that. From the pictures I took of the large amounts of information on the screen there are various theories as to what happened and what it means. I know that I couldn’t solve the issue with my limited software, programming, degree in computer gibberish that is apparently an actual language; knowledge. In short, nothing I did fixed the issue. Not one thing. So, I had to reach out for help to a family member who did help me a ton. I was super grateful. In the end, I reinstalled Windows 10. At the end of it all I got more gray hair. The laptop in question actually works better now.
The computers we have today run so much faster, and do so much more than that old Commodore 64.
Inspiration For Post
The inspiration for this post came from the Daily Prompt: Write About Your First Computer. It’s on the list. 🙂
All product names are trademarked and belong to their parent companies. I’m writing about my history with those products. I, nor any family member, works for any of those companies. I’m not affiliated with them and no infringement is intended. This is just a post about memories about computers. 🙂
2 thoughts on “A History With Computers”
so now that you’ve grown up with computers from the beginning what do you think is going to happen over the next ten years? I’m old and don’t really understand much of the current computer stuff or for that matter much of the discussion about what sex people are or aren’t so I’d like to know what you think is going to happen. With computers? Will they become smarter than most people, I know they are smarter than me already. Can they save the planet?
do good things!
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There has been a lot of advances with Artificial Intelligence and algorithms. I would hope that people didn’t allow computers to rule the world based on what they programmed them to do. I don’t know if they could save the planet. Will have to see if they could help humans and other life forms to survive.