On Saturday I received my new Kindle Fire HDX. It is very cool. It came in a tiny box that wouldn’t fit much else. Maybe a necklace. Or some nice pearls.
It made me reminisce.
My very first computer was a Gateway. Remember those? Maybe you old timers do. They were popular in the early 1990s. It was so exciting. Before that there was only the work computer for well…work stuff. Very boring work stuff. It was mostly a typing machine.
There was no real email. We had an internal system that let you type out 3 lines and send it to other employees. If your friends didn’t work for the same company you were out of luck. You had to use a telephone to talk to them — one of those phones that was tethered to the wall.
No Google. (Good lord what did we do before Google?) DOS based stuff. I’m not sure what that means but today when people talk about COBOL or main frames or DOS, the proper thing to do is bow your head quietly as if they passed away.
Then there was Gateway — for the home. You bought the complete set so you didn’t have to make too many decisions about stuff you didn’t know or remotely understand. Apple was out there too but Gateway was “da bomb.”
My delivery consisted of cow boxes. Lots of them!
All the boxes were printed like Holstein cows. I kept them for a long time because they were cute. The cats liked them too. Maybe they are a collectors’ item now. I never seem to keep the right stuff.
There was the CPU, the printer, (very large) speakers, cables, instructions guides and a monitor with a really big ass. All big stuff. It took up a lot of room!
I took the better part of a day to put it all together. I did it all by myself! Remember I had no experience whatsoever and no techie friends.
Everything was corded and cabled. The wires alone were intimidating. I am still amazed that I got it to work.
The good thing about Gateway was that the instructions were understandable (unlike anything technical you buy today which is written in Swahili) and when you called customer service, they spoke very good English. Ok, the truth is they spoke with a South Dakota accent but it was mostly easy to understand. They had just a bit of a twang.
Now I had this really cool computer but no internet service. In fact, you bought discs to load stuff into your computer. I know, I know, this is starting to sound like it was pre-electricity.
I don’t remember how long I had that computer. They age out fast so there have been quite a few since then.
I look at this amazing thing. There is no tail on it. It knows who I am. It’s has called itself Kate’s Kindle 2. I would have gone for something more contemporary but if it’s happy so am I.
Oh yes, the best part – I bought a purple cover for it! You couldn’t do that with the Gateway.
Disclaimer: This is not a product review as I haven’t used it yet. I have spent some time admiring it but the weekend was too busy to sit down and play.