OT: Mac vs Win partisanship is unnecessary
richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 12:30:37 CDT 2010
On 07/22/2010 08:06 PM, Bob Sneidar wrote:
> It has escaped my notice all these years, until recently, right about the time that my testosterone began to wane,
I wonder how long it is until somebody realises that computers, computer
systems, mobile phones,
hybrid tech monsters such as the iPhone and the iPad are just
under an awful lot of circumstances, and often cough-cough-cough
substitutes for those who, for
odd psychological reasons, feel that they may be cough-cough-cough
inadequate in some sort of
I think this first came home to me in 1984, when, at the age of 22, with
quite a lot of fairly stagnant
water under the bridge, I joined a computer course at my University
(Durham, England) full of
'boys' who were 18.
We did all our work in a seriously depressing room underground with
serried rows of blind terminals.
One day I came in and found all the 'young chaps' clustered round
another chap (come to think of it,
I remember he was called 'Richard Blue' - Ashkenazy from London;
brilliant mathematical brain, even
fewer social skills than I had . . . err, have) with something that
looked like a Geiger counter: a personal
computer, no less. Of course, as a 22 year old I wasn't going to be seen
dead going "Ooh" and "Aah"
with the 18 year olds; but internally I was churning with envy.
This was all "completely ridiculous" of course; unlike those 'babies' I
came complete with girlfriend and
all the maturity that 4 more years could chuck at me (and quite a lot
had been chucked at me). But there
I was green with envy, and somehow feeling inadequate.
3 years later, when I was working at a school for maladjusted kids I
bought a fake, hollow, plastic car-phone
that I strapped to my bike . . . enough of my embarrassing true
confessions for now:
Let's hear yours . . . :)
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