YouTube Nation - Understanding Computers

YouTube Nation - Understanding Computers

Why when I was your age, computers were…

Some of us are old enough to remember a time when computers could have been considered to be in their stone age of development.  Okay, so maybe not that bad, but they certainly weren’t the beastly machines they are today.  There was a time, believe it or not, when your standard computer came with a 20 >MEGABYTE< hard drive and had a dial-up, 300 baud modem.  Monitor developers boasted of being able to have 16 colors on the screen at once.  When you downloaded porn it took 5 hours to get one picture and video was out of the question.  Yes, those were hard times for all of us.

To celebrate the changing of the age, I decided to hit up the YouTubes and see what the endless archives had to say about computers in the bygone age.  I managed to find some pretty hilarious stuff.  From the way we perceived computers to the marketing used to sell them to way we used to train the newcomers that computers were safe to use, it’s all there on YouTube.  Check out the vids below and enjoy.  Or if you happen to be of an age where you don’t’ remember any of this crap - screw you!  You never had it so good, you little brat!   And get off my damn lawn!

The first video is a brief advert for a computer that never quite went anywhere.  This brand name was so obscure, in fact, that even I had never heard of it before finding this vid, and my first computer was the almighty Commodore VIC-20!  Check out all the latest and greatest in technology below.

AWA Sequel 80s Computer Ad

So, hey folks, you remember a show called Roseanne?  I mean, do you remember watching it as it came out each week, not catching the show on some retro channel?  Well, this show was produced in the era when computers were first being accepted as the essential creatures that now permeate our lives.  Back then, however, the view was a little different.  The Internet was a corrupting entity, in the early 90s, and there were reasons to beware its influence.

Roseanne - Jackie and the computer

This one has to be one of the best videos I’ve seen in a long time.  For the average older human trying to figure out how computers worked, this may have been just the thing.  For the kid who grew up with them (like myself), it was laughable.  To you little bastards today, it may even seem puzzling.  But yes, apparently there was a time when one of the chief concerns about computers was whether they were going to explode or not.  Sigh…

Komputer Kindergarten

So there you have it, a brief glimpse into the lives of those of us who were present during the rise of the computer era.  There was indeed a time when Super Mario Bros. was the hottest and best looking game on the market.  And there was a time when people feared computers would rise up and overthrow them, even if they were forced to do it with a 7.62 MHz processor.  Be grateful you don’t have to go through it again.  And remember that you too will eventually have kids who don’t understand how you could have lived with such an antique piece of computing technology.