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Re: History - MM
Your mom's generation was too far out of the loop, if she had any experience with them, it probably would have been a corporate mainframe used for data processing and wouldn't have generated any personal interest. I've heard the same thing from women of my generation. I was fascinated with the idea myself and even tried an early Radio Shack version, so rudimentary that playing a game of Mario (I think that was what it was called) was a challenge. IBM came out with a personal sized computer that was used in the office. I recall spending my lunch hour sitting at my secretary's desk trying to learn how to use it and my boss reamed me out that it wasn't what they paid me to do. I know that I was one of the first to purchase one for home, an Amstrad 2086, a British IBM knockoff. From that point on, I was hooked. They improved so rapidly, that 3 years was the milestone to upgrade and I did. For how I use one today, the necessity isn't as great as it was back then so if its running, I'm not so quick to buy another. Even though they've become so much cheaper, I haven't been able to get what I want for less than $3000 and to lay out that kind of money without a necessity or major improvements can't be justified as it once was. I've been eyeing Microsoft's Surface because of it's size and weight but to bring it up to what I already have, the price ticket runs into that range again. I've been hard on laptops, so I bought a desktop where I can upgrade the components as desired without a major investment. However, it is not as convenient as a laptop, so I bought a Lenovo Legion gaming machine (non-integrated video card for graphics) to use in FL. It's lighter and thinner than the average laptop but still more cumbersome than the Surface.