Friday, February 1, 2013

The Friday Five

1. 24. January marked the 29th birthday of the Apple MacIntosh computer introduced in 1984

2. At the time, I was working as a computer programmer for a software company in Rhode Island. The company sold back office accounting programs to banks and small manufacturing businesses. We customized the programs to suit the clients.

3. One morning, a bunch of the fellas (the company only had 2 female programmers) were crowded around Mike's office. There was a lot of laughter, and Mike was taking a lot of ribbing.

4. On his desk, was a small, white box which he claimed was a computer. Personal computing is the wave of the future. Companies will be able to publish their own brochures and business cards.  We laughed. We worked on real computers, a little larger than the size of a modern day washer and dryer. The computers did real work: general ledger calculations, financial reports. It's a nice looking paper weight, Mike, though a little on the big side. It's a %^#$ toy. It won't ever take off.

5. What idjits we were.

Where were you in 1984?


  1. Ha! That's awesome.
    I remember when my hubby wanted an IPod, and I actually asked him, "Do you really need that? We have all these CDs." LOL Well, now I haven't listened to a CD in a long time.

    1984? I was in 7th or 8th grade I think.

  2. I was a freshman in high school in 1984. :)

  3. 1984? I spent that year trying to convince Husband I really DID want to have a baby after telling him NO BABIES for the previous nine years! LOL

  4. Getting shoved into a locker in Junior High School.