SheLikesPurple made me feel old today writing about the technology from her college days.
I registered for classes by standing in line at the registrar’s window for an hour! If you couldn’t get one of your classes, you had to have an alternate ready or get back in line while you figured it out.
My freshman year if you had to write a paper, you were lucky if you had a word-processor (like this one) or a roommate with one! Else you went to the computer lab where you struggled with all of Word Perfect‘s (5.1) key stroke commands.
I was the first of any one I knew (besides my mom) who had a computer that was a tower! It had Windows 3.1, a 1 GB hard drive (yes that’s 1 GIG!), and a CD ROM. It also had a modem, so I could dial in to the campus system and check my email. It was fancy! And I even had a color inkjet printer.
Only Computer Science majors used email my first couple years of college. (I was one of them) I did email without a Windows Application. I think it was done by connecting to a big machine called a VAX machine!
My senior year of college, Sarah and I borrowed a cell phone from someone she knew (or maybe it was his brother or something) for driving to Florida for Spring Break. (no one we knew well had a phone!) It was huge and had an antenna that attached to the roof of the car and it cost about $50 for about 10 – 1 minute calls on the trip down!
I’m 34. Seriously! I’m sure someone else can top all these!