What a year 83 must have been. Finally you could disappoint the entire family during the summer vacation!

Also, is it the year of the mouse?

@fribbledom I bet most people still don’t know how to print sideways

@moiety @fribbledom I remember printing sideways! I love how that's basically meaningless today ("What, like landscape? Whyy??") but man, when your paper was all attached sheet to sheet in a long, perforated roll, all the cool tech kids were printing Happy Birthday banners or pi out to fifty digits or whatever.

@moiety @fribbledom Folding on the perforation helped a lot. And if you took a long banner print and managed to pull off the sides for the whole thing without ripping it at either the holes or the page perforation, you could fold such a long bendy snake!!

@fribbledom Also, VisiCorp failed in their challenge against Apple.

(Cut to alternate universe where the two primary smartphone types are Android and VisiPhones running VisiOS)

Ah, those were the days! Got my first computer that year, the mighty Dragon 32! The year of the mouse had to wait some more years, though. While some pioneers ventured that way as early as a few years later, I think the official year of the mouse must be held back to 1990, when everybody was going to play the solitaire on Windows 3.0.
@harald I'm surprised to learn that Windows 3.0 came out that late! But Workbench 2.0 came out in 1990 as well, marking 5 years of Amigans using mouses, and Atari users had them too.

The program that taught me how to use menus and windows was the extremely helpful tutorial mode in Microsoft Works on DOS! On a 286!
@Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) SE HK Yes, as said, there were mouse-pioneers, Amiga, Atari and the Macintosh was way in front. Can't remember when I bought my first logitech 3-button mouse, but probably somewhere around 1987 or so. In the beginning I could pretty much only use it in my own programs, mostly in text mode, on a 286. And there was of course DesqView!
At least he had a drink whilst working at his computer!

I had one of those four years ago. The screen was orange, though

I once found a floppy disk with a program that made it play the wilhelm tell overture. Good times

@mr_greeb @fribbledom I still have two, sorta.
One is the IBM and green crt, and the other was a clone and had an amber crt.
The clone was a "Sun Corona" (No, not that Sun) and is the one that still boots

Mine was definitely an IBM. Maybe they had replaced the screen with an amber one, the screen looked a lot like the one on your picture

@fribbledom How to print sideways! Still a challenge to this day

I bet this guy attracted all the hot ladies at the pool.

@fribbledom I was 14, and used the family Apple ][e. Widespread availability of a mouse was still a few years away 🧐

@ManyAngled @fribbledom If I were to put a finer point on "the year of the mouse", it'd be '84, as that was the release year for the Mac. It was a very expensive machine that few had, but it definitely was the moment the mouse became a PC concept.

@fribbledom Nah! In 1981, the Osborne I came out. My dad got one. I was off to college in 1982, so not a drag on family time.

@fribbledom If you've ever picked up the Osborne, you know it was heavy (25 lb)! My dad was a botany professor, and used the portable[sic] computer to collect data from light sensors in the forest.

One of the funny things was he finally decided to transfer the data from the floppies made with the Osborne to his Mac about 5 years ago. Gave me a chance to show my sons CPM and pre-hard drive computing.

@fribbledom Really wasn't the year of the mouse until '85; just pricey Lisa and 128K Macintosh until then. And then mostly Atari and Amiga, PC wasn't until '90 for Windows 3.0?

@fribbledom That year I wanted an Osbourne computer so bad! Had to share my friend's Apple II instead. Learned a lot about programming though. Apple Basic was the bomb!

@fribbledom Don't worry, now when people go on vacation the kids bury themselves in their phones, disappointing everyone.

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