Mom, when was the first time you used a computer?

I remember the first time I used a computer. Can you believe that it was over 22 years ago?

When I was in grade 5, they had a computer in the library. I don’t remember what kind it was (hey, a lot has happened in the last 22 years), but I do remember that we had to type lines of code to make things appear on the screen. I typed the code in to make a large red apple appear. It is amazing how vivid that memory is.

After that experience with the computer it would not be another 10 years until I received a hand me down Macintosh from my dad. I did amazing things with that Mac and I had loads of fun.

Around that same time, I had the opportunity to acquire an old Commodore 64. You remember those computers, right? You type your code and save it to a disk. If you shut off your computer, it forgets everything.

A little over 10 years ago I had a laptop and I was introduced to the Internet for the first time. I was on dial-up. I remember trying to send emails and being constantly disconnected. I remember chatting in a Christian chatroom. That was the only way to chat, now we have twitter, facebook, and various messengers. My husband and I met through the Internet, but that is another story for another day.

Today, I have a laptop with wireless Internet. Dial-up is a distant memory. I love the freedom to cart my laptop around the house and work from wherever I need to be.

My son’s experience with computers and the Internet is so very different than mine. He has had the opportunity to use older computers (granted they are only a few years old) and he complains that they are too slow. I wonder what his thoughts would be about a computer that you had to program or Internet that cut out all the time?

What was your first experience with the computer? I would love to hear about it.