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08 March 2008 @ 02:23 pm
How did anyone ever get anything done...  
...before there were computers?

My access to the internet and to computers has been very sporadic the last few days. L is still writing her report on my laptop and it seems like she has managed not only to wreck WORD, but also to mess up my firewall :-( The deadline for her report has been moved back a few days, but I don't think I was very subtle when I stressed that I expect to have the laptop to myself again on Monday.

No laptop also means (mostly) no fic, no movies on DVD and no TV. I did write a short SGA piece based on a prompt that was posted to a mailing list and will post to my fic journal once I get things sorted.

Also, I have a headache that could turn into a migraine and it wouldn't be the first this week. All ín all, I had better weeks than this one. I think I'm going to lie down now.
Current Mood: crankycranky
iamrighthereiamrighthere on March 8th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
I hope you're feeling better soon.

Before computers? To communicate with others, we typed things on typewriters and sent them in the mail. Or used the phone. The regular phone, because we didn't have cell phones back then. And the phones had cords, too, so you couldn't walk around the house or the office chatting.

To watch TV, we turned on the set, viewed the show and then didn't ever get to see that episode again until summer reruns. After that, you never saw it again period unless the show got syndicated.

If a good movie was on TV, then we watched it on TV. Otherwise, we'd go to the theater.

Writing term papers meant going to the library, taking notes, typing on the typewriter and then editing the paper and retyping it.

Those were the good old days, I guess. Everyone was less productive at the office but we didn't know any different. If you could type fast and take dictation using shorthand, you pretty much had a job. Nobody had to know Quark and MS Word and database programs. Back then, knowing how to change the ribbon on the typewriter was more important than knowing how to defrag your hard drive.