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Poor baby! Let's see, when you were being born in 1972, I was facing my 29th birthday and thinking about the "horror of turning 30". Now, I look back on my 30's as one of the best decades in my life -- experienced enough to handle life much better than when I was a 20-something kid, and young enough to have the extra burst of energy to do things I wanted to do. I'll bet you'll find that your next 10 years are even better... And there's even better times to come!
A POEM FOR THOSE OVER 30
A computer was something on TV
From a science fiction show of note
A window was something you hated to clean
And ram was the cousin of a goat.
Meg was the name of my girlfriend
And gig was a job for the nights
Now they all mean different things
And that really mega bytes.
An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity
A keyboard was a piano.
Memory was something that you lost with age
A CD was a bank account
And if you had a 3-in. floppy
You hoped nobody found out.
Compress was something you did to the garbage
Not something you did to a file
And if you unzipped anything in public
You'd be in jail for a while.
Log on was adding wood to the fire
Hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
And a backup happened to your commode.
Cut you did with a pocket knife
Paste you did with glue
A web was a spider's home
And a virus was the flu.
I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper
And the memory in my head
I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash
But when it happens they wish they were dead.
I've been thinking about all the reminiscing and doing some of my own. I started working with computers in about 1964. I was looking to change jobs and signed up for a key-punch operators course. That was in the days when the only way to imput data to a computer was via a card with holes punched in it.
I was advised not to waste my money by my older and wiser friends. I ignored their well-meaning advise and went ahead with the 6 week/$1,000 (that's about 5K in todays money
I completed the course and went looking for a job where I could use my new-found skills.
I was living in Calgary at the time - Calgary has always prided itself on it's forward thinking. It was and is a happening place. It was the center of Canada's oil and gas industry. Some major players had their head offices in Calgary.
Well I called the personnel managers of all those major companies and was assured by all of them that I had wasted my money. I was told that there were no computers in Calgary, in fact there were none west of Toronto - furthermore, there never would be any west of Toronto!
We all know how wrong those "forward thinking" managers were. It took a couple of years, but my next computer job was at a telephone utility company in Regina where I was responsible for assembling the thousands of punch cards that fed information into the banks of computers that took care of the company's billing. I saw the rapid demise of punch cards and the move to personal computers. It's been an exciting ride and I'm glad I'm 58 - any younger and I would have missed all that.
I was 44 in March. At this point I am still trying to forget Disco and the 70's, but it seems the new millenium just won't let me do that!! But perhaps I can tweak a few brains with the following; I remember getting really happy in Catholic School, thinking I was really buying pagan babies. Thought I was saving the world!! Believing in Santa and the tooth fairy for a looong time. There were no psychologists around to convince my parents they were harming me!! Having the nuns tell you that your face would freeze that way when you stuck out your tongue. "Owing a Coke" with "no backsies, touch blacksies". These are just a few random and fond memories. How about you?
I can remember when MTV didn't even exist. I can remember (just barely mind you) when commercials came only at the beginning and end of an uninterupted show and then only a couple. Now we have shows dispersed among the beginning and end of uninterupted commercials.
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