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andrewwyld From: andrewwyld Date: October 1st, 2004 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
That makes them as old as our first home computer.

I'm now officially scared.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: October 1st, 2004 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
They're younger than the Reeboks I wear when I want to pretend I'm vaguely athletic. Eeek!

(And about 4 years younger than my first home computer, but that was a ZX81.)
burkesworks From: burkesworks Date: October 1st, 2004 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
7 years younger than my first, which was a Commodore Pet. How I wish I still had it, a lovely bit of retrofuturistic design. Anyone for *wartrek*?
And as regards the fact that today's freshers were born in 1986, it made oi larf to see a poster in Leeds yesterday for "80s night at the Phono". I spent large chunks of 1986 in the Phono drinking Newcastle Brown and listening to dodgy old goff music, neither of which I suspect will be on the menu for the "80s nights" of today (and who on earth would really want to remember much of that decade of untrammelled greed, High Thatcherism and Duran Duran?)
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: October 1st, 2004 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I suppose "80s Night" for today's Freshers is the equivalent of a "60s Hippy", "70s Glam" or "Original Punk" night for me (allowing 5 years either side, that would be 67-77). Somehow I'm not sure anything from the charts in the 1980s strikes me in quite the same nostalgic way as Metal Guru or Ziggy Stardust does. (There's a good case for 1980s Indie but I doubt most "80s Nights" DJs will be playing The Smiths all night long.)
oldbloke From: oldbloke Date: October 2nd, 2004 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I drank Newkie Brown when I was a fresher, too. For a lot of the first year, actually. Being an adult now, I'm amazed I threw up so infrequently; mind you I came from the land of Courage's brewery. Decades before they made Directors.
j4 From: j4 Date: October 1st, 2004 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, we had a computer in the house from about 1980 onwards, so the contemporaries of that ol' Apple // will have already graduated. The next officially-scared point I'm looking forward to is in three years' time, when the freshers will have been born in the year I started high school.
acronym From: acronym Date: October 1st, 2004 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm one of them, and I'm a year to eighteen months (with a following wind) of submitting a thesis.

The 1986 thing scared me a bit: I can *remember* 1986 clearly. There's now genuinely a generation gap...

- A
andrewwyld From: andrewwyld Date: October 1st, 2004 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I can remember 1980 dimly, and 1981 clearly in places.  My sister was born in 1980, my brother in 1981.

1982 is where memory really starts to kick in, for me.  However, by 1986 I was starting to have original ideas and program.
claerwen From: claerwen Date: October 2nd, 2004 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
There's now genuinely a generation gap...

... in the wrong direction.
andrewwyld From: andrewwyld Date: October 1st, 2004 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I know someone who has a PET 2001 series (the original 1977 model), and my Dad programmed on a PDP-8, so the idea of old computers is not scary.

What is scary is thinking about a generation of adults who were born after Back To The Future was made, and when eight-bit computing was, in many senses, over.
j4 From: j4 Date: October 1st, 2004 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Aye, I know what you were saying, I was just getting sidetracked into tech-nostalgia. 8-)

Back to the Future is a good example, though. Scary thought.

Gives me a great idea, though -- I'm going to convert my 1992 Renault 5 into a time-machine (well, it already is in a way; it only contains tapes of music which would have been available in 1992) and go back and see my undergraduate self. Not sure what I'd tell her... "Don't be so bloody stupid", probably. Or perhaps just "Down, not across."
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: October 1st, 2004 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I took my GCSE options in 1986 and left school in 1988. Erk!
k425 From: k425 Date: October 2nd, 2004 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, now, just wait till you start hearing yourself say "Good grief, I'm old enough to be their mother!".
julietk From: julietk Date: October 2nd, 2004 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
[counts on fingers] Yeah, I think we had our first home computer by 1986, & I was learning BASIC (partly by writing out programs on paper during breaks at school so I could go type them in when I got home).

In other news: er, hello - I think. That is, assuming you are the Andrew Wyld who was at St Olaves, & has a sister called Jo who plays the flute (well, I don't know if she still does, she did when we were in the Youth Bands etc). Long time, & all that.
andrewwyld From: andrewwyld Date: October 3rd, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bloody hell.  Is this Juliet Kemp?

(I haven't yet checked your userinfo ... assume I shall do so in mere seconds.)
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