Sunday, 5 August 2012

Rocket Science

I’m giving the game away about how ancient I am, but I wrote my first books on an Amstrad PCW8512. It was basically a word processing machine, with little internal memory and everything was stored on floppy discs. But it was still a huge step-up from carbon paper, Tip-pex and  a typewriter - anyone remember those?

Don't blink - this video lasts about four seconds:

In my first ‘proper’ job as a teacher, I recall the sense of trepidation when we bought two Apple computers - and employed a computer expert to operate them!  I’m not sure I ever even touched them.

I also remember my first home desktop computer and how my sons unpacked and put it all together while I was still reading the instructions. It probably had less memory than today’s average smart phone.  We had dial-up internet access that screeched and screamed while you waited for a connection and it took ages to download anything.

These days I mainly work on my laptop - and look at me now! Monster memory and  wireless everything - those are technical terms.  I have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a YouTube channel and I have built my own website, dabbled with HTML code (though I still don’t know what the abbreviation actually means) and recently successfully navigated my way through the process of changing my domain host.

To the average computer whizz-kid - or anyone under forty - this may not sound like much, but to me, it is rocket science.


  1. Ha! I LOVE that video. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Ha ha! Guess computers have always crashed. Well done though , rocket woman,

  3. I first wrote on an Olivetti typewriter. Each new technological advance has been a learning curve - but isn't it exciting to see how things can change!