as IF i had NOTHING better to do…

I think one day in future, my litt­le nie­ce will be old enough to ask ques­ti­ons — and then she might ask me about the stuff I used to do when “I was youn­ger”.
“Well, my dear”, I will reply, “when I was about 17, I got my own home com­pu­ter. An ATARI 1040 STF with an exter­nal 30 MB HDD. In Kenya. Ima­gi­ne this thing run­ning in an envi­ron­ment with fre­quent power fail­u­res — and it worked! Yeah.…and so when tho­se x86 / IBM com­pa­ti­ble machi­nes beca­me avail­ab­le at an afford­a­ble rate, I swit­ched to a Pen­ti­um I with 133 MHz and an ope­ra­ting sys­tem cal­led Cher­no­byl 86 Windows95 which took some time to be instal­led and had more bugs than fea­tures. Howe­ver, by that time in 1996 I was able to go online for the first time. …So as years pas­sed by, com­pu­ters beca­me more and more power­ful and ope­ra­ting sys­tems more user-ori­en­ta­ted. In fact, my dear, I think I’ve was­ted spent the best part of my twen­ties (and 30s!!) in front of dif­fe­rent com­pu­ters, try­ing to fix this and that hard- and soft­ware pro­blem, try­ing out dif­fe­rent ope­ra­ting sys­tems and try­ing to under­stand why things just did­n’t work out the way they were sup­po­sed to be…I mean, all I wan­ted to do was actual­ly USE tho­se machi­nes, you know?”

“But why did­n’t you use Mac com­pu­ters?”


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