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  •  A bit of a quibble (0+ / 0-)

    You write that 20 years ago, personal computers were just catching on. It's more like 30 years. In 1984, personal computers were big enough that Apple ran an ad for the Mac in the Superbowl.

    By 1992, personal computers were already quite well established, even if we were still running DOS. The Apple computer was in its twilight. It's true, for most people, the Internet was a few years away, but the PC market had been strong for some time.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:49:17 PM PST

    •  Well, I wrote 25 years (quibbling your quibble!) (0+ / 0-)

      which would be 1987. I grew up in that time, and in 1982 (30 years) C64's were still considered pretty cool and that was really just a toy. Their everyday practical use was still just catching on in business and education endeavors.

      •  I misread it (0+ / 0-)

        I saw "twenty five" and read it as "twenty". Visicalc came out in 1983, and that was the "killer app" of the day. Apple was already established as the "education computer" (although many schools still didn't know what to do with it), and the IBM PC was a big hit with business.

        The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

        by A Citizen on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 08:35:04 PM PST

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        •  I had APple II's in middle and high school (0+ / 0-)

          They were still mostly toys. Bolo. Oregon Trail. Crush Crumble and Chomp. We had a special class for computers, but they really had no idea what to teach us. We got a mac in High School, that I played Gettysburg on. My first computer wargame!

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