1. When was the first time you touched a computer and what kind of computer
In my elementary school, we always had Apples. I used that until my dad got us a Commodore 64. Then, we got an IBM 8088(?) with a green screen and MSDOS and WordPerfect. I learned batch files, basic, and scripting among other things. Oh and I played Leisure Suit Larry.
2. When was the first time you actually owned a computer and where/how did you get it?
The first computer I bought was a 386 with windows 3.1 and a whopping 16mb of RAM. Bought it used from my former college roommate and made it a 387 with the math co. Same machine I took my first programming class on (pascal).
3. What was the first job that you had which required you to use a computer?
OfficeMax where I worked before AOL. I had never really used a computer or the internet for formal work before AOL
4. When was the first time you got online and how did you? -Was it a BBS, AOL, Netscape etc.?
I took a C class on Vax (?) at UA. We had to send emails, files, assignments, etc via command line. I learned to connect to other university computers to download files and send them to my home folder. After I got my first computer (and a 14.4k modem), I also used a few BBSes, Prodigy, CompuServe, and, of course, AOL.
5. When was the first time that your job required you to have internet access?
AOL. When I got off the call floor. Every job since then.
6. What did you not see coming (in the computer/internet
1) Social media in its current form. The sheer volume of it is not only staggering, but just the tip of the iceberg. This last presidential election has made social media a valid medium now since it was a factor in the election of a major world leader.
2) Online libraries of massive amounts of media and data. It’s not so much that it’s available, but that the amount is already massive and growing at an incredible rate. Include also data storage and warehousing services like AWS. It’s not enough that we have data in our drives, now we hire folks to store and distribute it for us.
3) The seeming return of newspapers reborn on the web as both media and social media. The web was supposed to kill newspapers and many have gone away, but the ones who have stayed have really dug in and changed the business.
4) I’m surprised how quickly the internet has become such an important and integral part of our lives. In this country anyhow. It’s become so ubiquitous in such a short time, it’s been culture shattering.