At once disturbing and fabulous

I miss the 80s.

Comments (14)

  1. Alan says:

    What’s crazy is that we have the same songs now than from the 80’s… just remixed….

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    That’s true, it makes me like them again.

  3. Vicki says:

    How very Max Headroom.

    I miss the 80’s too… but NOT my Commodore 64… which, I still have in storage, complete with a dot matrix printer, external disk drive (that looks like a large toaster, really), matching taupe C-64 monitor and a ton of cartridges/games.

    I figured one of these days a museum will pay a ton to have this relic… or not.

    The 80’s rule… I think I’ll go get my Billy Idol and INXS tapes now and make my kids watch "Short Circuit" and "Gremlins."

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    Hmm, we had commodore’s at school. In 8th grade, we had to take a BASIC programming class. All I remember is a bunch of if/then stuff.

    The Apple under the glass at the Microsoft museum is the same model that sat on my desk in college. Some day they are going to put me under glass. I may welcome that.

  5. Vicki says:

    I remember the Apple IIe’s in our school. Only the gifted students had a chance to use them for their studies.

    <sigh> So my Mom bought me my own computer so that I would stop feeling sorry for myself.

    I taught myself BASIC and had a lot of issues of Compute! magazine (you think you’re a magazine junkie?!) – and I would sit there for HOURS typing this stuff so that I could watch two blips turn color and bounce around the screen.

    Ahh… the simple life of the 80’s.

  6. Wine-Oh says:

    Anyone seen the commercial with Mrs. Garrett from Facts of Life for Trivial Pursuit Totally 80’s? 🙂 My kind of game!

  7. HeatherLeigh says:

    Yeah, I can’t figure out if that ad is kitsch or just really bad.

  8. Wine-Oh says:

    Sorta like the 80s themselves. (just kidding) 🙂 All I know about the commercial is that Cyndi Lauper directed it.

  9. Bad_Brad says:

    I pity the fool …

    The best MrT memory I have is of BA Baraccus on the A-Team.  Every episode, the same thing went down.  "I ain’t flyin’.  No way I’m flyin’".  "Hey BA, drink this."  "Okay."

    On the ’80s computers, my father bought an Apple II+ circa 1978.  It weighed about 100 pounds, had two floppy disk drives that sat on top of it, and did not come with a monitor.  We rigged up an old GE TV with an Atari-like adapter.  I think it had 64k of RAM.  To copy files, you would insert disks in drive 1 and 2, and watch the read / write action happen.  This could take hours.  Floppy disks really were floppy (roughly 3.5 x 5 inches and about as sturdy as wax paper).  I grew up in a college town, and lo and behold, there was a "computer literacy" (that’s what they called it in those days) prof just around the corner from us.  She taught me BASIC programming when I was about six.  I could write a pretty decent BASIC program by about eight, complete with text, graphics, sound, logic, subroutines, etc.

    Ah, memories …

  10. Wine-Oh says:

    We had an Apple II+ as well. Then we graduated up to an Apple II C, and then a Macintosh II. That thing was huge. I remember using a program called logo on the Apple. It allowed you to move a turtle across the screen by programming its moves.

    Oh and as I write this, we had Commodore PET’s at school that ran off a cassette tape of all things.

  11. HeatherLeigh says:

    Bad_Brad, wow!

    Wine-Oh, I had no idea you were a little computer kid!

    I remember going to work with my dad when I was in, I guess, around 2nd or third grade and they had the big cold mainframe room with the punch cards and the big wheels. And the gal that worked in there with my dad had a Star Trek lunch box. For the first, but not last, time in my life, I was the coolest person in the room : )

  12. Wine-Oh says:

    LOL. I was and I wasnt. I was never a tekkie kid. Although I went to computer camp for 2 weeks, I couldnt write a program to save my life. I love technology though and how it impacts our daily lives. In order to do that I have a general high level understanding of the back end of things. But by no means do I want to be a programmer.

  13. Graham says:

    Speaking of old computers, I have a Macintosh Plus in my office that still works great! Every once in a while, I will boot it up just to hear the familiar "boing" and see the little smiley face. Anyone remember the first time you saw the little sad face indicating something had gone wrong?

  14. HeatherLeigh says:

    Wine-Oh, yeah, me neither.

    Graham-scary how simpler things seemed back then, right? I remember the novelty of the "boing" and now I frequently scramble for the mute button to keep my windows log on chime from announcing to anyone around me that I am finding my e-mail more interesting than my current meeting.

    I guess we can blame Jobs for e-mail emoticons, right? I hope so.