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Retro Reminiscing

Using a Macintosh again is an odd homecoming of sorts.

I’ve always had IBM-compatible PC’s (does anyone call their computers IBM-compatibly anymore? Has anybody I’ve ever known owned a genuine IBM personal computer for me to be compatible with?)

The first computer I ever had was an Epson Equity II, an old 286.

I’m sure if had spent more time playing Rocky’s Boots instead of Leisure Suit Larry I would be have aced those electrical engineering courses, and in general been a better engineer and less of a pathetic schmuck. But I have to settle for just being a mediocre engineer and one hell of a pathetic schmuck who barely passed electrical engineering.

And from there, I had my tiny Dell 486, my sexy little Dell Pentium Pro, and currently my Dell Pentium P3.

After I left high school, I never really used Macs until I bought Regina.

But before I went to college my academic life was dominated by Apple.

In grade school, it was the Apple IIe.

I don’t really remember much about the Apple IIe, and I think they were being phased out by the time I could type in favor of the Macintosh. I do remember learning, repeatedly, that lots of people died of cholera on the Oregon Trail.

In high school, I made my first programs on an LC II.

Actually, that’s not true. The first thing I ever programmed was a game called “Stellar Warrior” on my TI-82 calculator. Constructed entirely during my English and biology classes, it was something of a Space Invaders clone, except that due to my failure to know what an array is it only had one enemy on screen at time, making it a relatively easy game to play. But it had a far more advanced sequel, “Tail Gunner.” It was far more advanced in the sense that you could move your targeting reticule in two dimensions. This was really quite an accomplishment for me.

Then one day somebody erased my calculator and I lost them.

I think I almost cried.

Anyway, the first real programming I did outside of calculator games and HyperCard stacks was with Borland Think Pascal.

I downloaded it the other day and fired it up. I sort of miss Pascal’s elegance and simplicity now that I spend my days staring at Perl scripts.

But what I remember most about Apple computers is using them to produce my school newspaper.

And Aldus Pagemaker doesn’t even exist anymore!

I’m getting old.

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