Well, since the last two weeks were so similar, I think I’ll take a break from the “like and dislike” genre for a bit. With that in mind, here’s this week’s question:
What was your first experience with computers?
Remember, this is Truthful Tuesday, not Fibbing Friday, so be honest! Tag your post as “Truthful Tuesday”
The question here is are we talking about computers in general, or personal computers?
I’m old school and as such, computers were not part of the curriculum or classroom furniture.
My first sight of a ‘computer’ was a terminal for inputting banking deposits and withdrawals when I joined a High Street bank in 1973, and account balances were 24 hour behind.
Five years later I joined another bank, but that too was a manual inputting system and 24 hour delay, though cashier terminals were being introduced.
My first use of a computer was working for the vending machine company, though that was only holiday cover when my supervisor was away. Those were the days of floppy discs.
Fast forward to 1989, and computers were everywhere. I had no experience, so finding a job having returned to my home town was a little daunting. However, I was actually out of work for just 2 days as I joined 3 temp agencies, and one girl would not let me leave her office until she got my foot through the door of the American Bank.
I started on the Wednesday and worked my way up. They had a computer room as well as desk terminals, but the computers filled an entire wall and were HUGE!!
It was good that the IT guys would sort out the software, connections and cables etc.
Then gradually over the years work (and me) progressed and I was introduced to email.
I was promoted to a supervisory position and became a signatory for the bank, so I was releasing payments using the international bank transfer systems.
Five years after that, I was promoted again to my financial analyst position and that was all computer work using spreadsheets as well as computerised accounts.
My first personal computer was a ‘notepad’ word processor, so no internet.
Eventually we bought a home computer, with dial up for the internet. Now we are using laptops and have broadband.
I am not computer savvy.
I can use one, but don’t understand software or what to do when things go wrong. Hubby is king of all that being an IT guy, but even he admits he’s a dinosaur as his knowledge is over 20 years out of date now. He works everything out for us though.
You know what they say, if you want someone to program your
video recorder computer, ask a 6 year old.