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The cutting edge

I remember one of my friends installing a 10 meg hard drive on his Apple IIGS. It stored dozens of 720k floppy disks so he wouldn't have to keep track of them. I remember this cost him a lot of money. And I remember thinking the hard drive was a worthless invention. Sure, it was faster than loading data off the floppy drive every time, but that's hardly a bother. I mean, the biggest game the computer industry had ever released was only 4 disks, and you didn't have to switch between them all that often...

He had an icon based operating system on that hard drive, which was even more ridiculous. Every piece of software ever made already came with an operating system right there on the disk with it. Why replace a perfectly good interface with something you need a mouse to move around in?

Later, he tried to sell me on the merits of "The Internet", which he was able to access via a commercial provider called "America Online". There was no web yet, but he could e-mail anyone in the world who also had an account. Again, I thought this was the stupidest idea I'd ever heard. Why would anyone pay money to connect their modem to another computer, when there are plenty of perfectly good local BBS's to choose from? Those usually didn't cost anything, and you could find people in your very own neighborhood. Why would you want to communicate with people farther away?


  • I complain sometimes about the fact that I'm not as smart as I used to be. In retrospect, I pray that isn't true.


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    Nov. 10th, 2000 03:16 am (UTC)
    My reactions to those same items...
    I thought they were all incredibly cool...But, my parents wouldn't get any of them, they always got the next step down...

    No hard drive until we got the Mac Plus.

    Ditto for the GUI operating system (although, in retrospect, that was a good thing...)

    And we got Prodigy for about a month...Couldn't stand or understand it. Didn't experiment with the internet again until college...

    Kurt Onstad
    Wonders what that former friend now thinks is cutting edge...
    Nov. 11th, 2000 01:16 am (UTC)
    Heh, the future.
    Sometimes I wish I was smart enough to invest. I remember going to that same friends house and being amazed by what was online. I fought with my parents for almost a year trying to get AOL. I was on a Macintosh, but I loved AOL at that time. It was awesome for the time...

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