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March 21st, 2018

Technology meme

It's been 100 years or so since I last posted, so have a technology meme:

Did you have a cell phone prior to your thirties?
Nope. Officially bought my first flip-phone the year I turned 40.

Did they exist?
Yes.

Did you have cable when you were a little kid?
No. It started existing when I was a tween, but my parents were too cheap—they didn’t get cable themselves until about 8 years ago.

Do you know what 8-track tapes are?
Yes. I owned a few in my day.

How about cassette tapes?
That was the primary way I listened to music until about 2000.

When did you get your first DVD player?
2003, or so? Before that it was VHS all the way.

Did you learn to type on a typewriter?
Yes. In fact, in the early 80s, I was junior high student council secretary and had to type minutes on a mimeograph sheet.

What was the first computer you owned?
Some kind of Epson. This was 1986, and the college had it built into the tuition—which at the time was super progressive of them.

What age were you when you first got e-mail?
1986, at college.

Was the Internet around when you were a kid?
Not really. I mean, I guess for early adopters in high school (I remember watching War Games seeing Matthew Broderick log in, but I didn’t know anyone who could afford a personal computer at the time). Before I started college my dad took me to his office so he could show me how to use a computer.

What age were you when Facebook, Twitter, Livejournal, and Dreamwidth started?
30s. And I lurked on LJ for several years before getting my own.

What was the first printer you owned like?
Dot matrix, baby!

Collegiate papers: typewriter or computer?
Computer, but just because I got one for free. In high school I typed all my formal papers, though— thank god for whiteout!

How old were you when streaming came into being?
Umm, 40s, I guess? Maybe late 30s. I had dial-up for the longest time, though, so even when streaming started happening I didn’t have it.

What age were you when you got your first MP3 player?
Never owned one.

Did you own a record player, cassette player, CD player, or MP3 player as a teen?
Record player/tape player stereo.

At what age did you start blogging on the Internet?
Blogging, not until mid-30s, but I started discussion boards and usenet in my early 20s.

What age were you when the e-readers came out?
Umm, 30s I guess? Though I was at least 40 before I bought one.

How do you listen to music?
These days, off my computer or youtube, but I loaded most of my CD collection into iTunes. I only use my phone to listen to music when I’m working out or travelling since it eats battery life so quickly.

This entry is crossposted at https://norwich36.dreamwidth.org/286268.html, but feel free to reply at either place.

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