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