Early Days – Hardware

Thinking back to the early 1980’s when I began using computers, I realized I have gone through several major changes in what I use and what I do with technology.

The first computer I owned was an Apple II+, although my first experiences with coding & gaming were on a Radio Shack TRS-80. My neighbor bought the TRS-80 and we took a programming course one summer at the university where we were both faculty members. That opened up the intrigue of programming and the possibilities for use in teaching, research, and basic office applications.

A year or two later, with extra money as payment for an institutional research grant I received and completed one summer, I upgraded to the Apple IIe, then the newest model.

I used that computer for several years and probably would have continued to use Apple computers at least for a while, except for a job change a number of years later. That change basically required that I learn and use the Windows based PC for my work as an academic administrator. It also meant eventually buying a PC for home use. In the early days of networking and remote access, it made sense to be able to do so on the same operating system from home.

Since that time (early to mid-1990’s) I have used PC computers, including laptops, almost exclusively. When traveling to family, I have used some Apple computers they own, but do not really like them. They appear to be opposite in the user interface and it would take some getting used to for me to make that change now.

Besides computers, I have owned and continue to use (mostly sporadically now) a couple of Apple iPads (one a mini), but most likely will never again invest in any of them. My Android smart phone has pretty much replaced them.

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