Dave Koster

When was the first time you touched a computer and what kind of computer was it? 1978. A barebones Altair that later evolved to have a monitor, printer, and 8″ drives. TRS-80 model 1 (casette tape drive)

2. When was the first time you actually owned a computer and where/how did you get it? See #1. Parents bought them.

3. What was the first job that you had which required you to use a computer? Musician. I actually bought an Atari 1040ST specifically because it had built-in MIDI ports. I learned Cubase so that I could have the Atari play my Roland Jupiter 6 while I played bass.

4. When was the first time you got online and how did you? A BBS whose name is lost in the sands of time. I used an acoustic coupler first. Then progressed up through the various modem technologies. Later I found BBSs that weren’t in Tucson, and then those that weren’t in the States (Europe had a terrific Atari scene) that led to some interesting “discussions” with my dad about multi-hundred dollar phone bills, which then led me to learn how to get around paying for long-distance.

5. When was the first time that your job required you to have internet access? Did AOL require us to have it? I suppose later on they did. When I started, AOL didn’t have it

6. What did you not see coming (in the computer/internet industry)? Big Data’s ubiquitousness happened so fast and, unless you were in the thick of it, very behind the scenes. The turnabout from online services/computers being the product to the people using the computers/services being the product.

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