In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: Life After Blogs
Your life without a computer: what does it look like?
Different. Isolated. Unimaginable.
I use my computer for work, for listening to music, for keeping in touch with friends, and for so much more. I have three of them! A desktop, a tablet and a phone, one of them is always near. Or as now, all of them are, which I admit is perhaps unnecessary.
My life has involved computers for so long, I got my first one when I was still at school. A Commodore calculator, the size of a small smartphone. It had a bright red LED display, and it was revolutionary. No more log tables, no more long division and the next model added an easy way to find square roots!
The first game I played, on a proper computer rather than in an arcade, was a driving simulation. Well sort of. I typed in the gear and speed on a huge keyboard. It then went off to the main frame that took up the whole floor above. I would then wait for several seconds. Then the Teletype machine would print out the current speed, gear and direction. Or more often a comment to say that I had crashed!
And I learnt to program in Fortran IV, using punched cards written using a machine that took up a whole desk (above). Since then computers have always been around, the first PC I used ran Windows 2. My first touch screen was in 1987. Bizarrely as I recall it looked remarkably similar to Windows 8. It was good, then.
And so, I can barely imagine my life without computers. I can more easily imagine not having a car.