Explaining to my grandchildren:
"When *I* was just leaving college in twenty-OT-two, we still had to touch the computer to make it work. Oooooooh, we had crude software that you could talk to and it'd type out stuff for you, but most of the time we used a thing called a keyboard, and another called a mouse.
"See this keyboard had little buttons for each letter of the alphabet -- the old alphabet (indulging here) -- and a great many people used both hands in punching out words into the computer. We'd also use that mouse thing to point a little arrow on the screen -- I'll tell you about those screens in a minute -- and click on little pictures called ICONS.
"Now this here screen wasn't like them new-fangled 3-dimensional holo-displays like you have now. Noooooo, they were '2-D' and were limited to millions of colors. Worst thing was the older models used to shoot electrons onto a sheet of glass to get a picture. Nasty, really.
"That was a dark time in computer history, too. There was all this competition and discussion about processor chips. See, we hadn't figured out Linear Optical Induction yet (again, indulging), so computer makers kept coming out with these faster and faster chips that would ultimately reach a stopping point in upgrade potential. What was the one that Apple used...oh yes, the G5. Darned lot of discussion about that before it came out -- I'll tell you about that another time so as not to bore you, boy.
"But the kicker, is there used to be this distinction among computers. See, when the personal computer was just getting going, there was this company called Microsoft. After a while, people got sick of their operating systems shutting down, locking up, and just being crappy all the time. Meanwhile, Apple Computer was developing the 'next generation operating system' that everything's based on today. 'Course, that was when it was still version 10. Now, they're up to what, 47? Anyhoo, wow...Microsoft. I darned near forgot they ever existed after the government disbanned them...."
We could only hope.
[ 12-29-2001: Message edited by: CosmoNut ]</p>