Windows Rant

Nathan Bahn nathan.bahn at
Sun Jul 11 22:54:21 UTC 2010

On Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM, A. Jorge Garcia <calcpage at> wrote:

> > Please don't tell me it was for Lotus 1-2-3 or Wordperfect.
> Believe it or not, we did do a lot with BASIC, Lotus, WordStar and
> DBase in those days....  Well, before we had PCs, we had GIMIX (like an
> early Linux that ran UNIX apps on a mini computer) and dumb
> terminals....
> I remember getting Windows 2.0 on multiple floppy disks (the real
> floppy 5.25" disks with cardboard covers) for free at PC Expo in
> Manhattan in 1989?
> Anyone remember PCs before Windows and the Web??
> Anyone remember SneakerNet and PCs without hard drives or graphics???
> Regards,
> A. Jorge Garcia
> Teacher & Professor
> Applied Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science
> Baldwin Senior High School & Nassau Community College
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I remember in the early-to-mid-80s the PTA for my elementary school decided
that the school needed to get with the times, and so they bought at least
one computer a year for the school; the first one -- if I recall correctly
-- was a Commodore 64 and the next year it was a PET (With a tape drive!  It
would take forever to load the game "Oregon Trail".).  The teachers, as far
as I know, were never trained on their uses; and why would they have been?
There were only so many computers to go around the whole school; the PTA, I
believe, would have gotten a bigger bang for the buck with school supplies
(but of course, a computer is *so much SEXIER* than a white board -- much
less paper and pencils).

Please avoid sending me Word or PowerPoint attachments.
See & (Nathan Bahn)
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