Truthful Tuesday 1st September

Frank’s question today 

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 Hubby is king of all that being an IT guy, but even he admits he’s a dinosaur as his knowledge is over 20 years out of date now.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.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to Truthful Tuesday 1st September

  1. Hahaha! Great take on the question! I worked for a bank as my very first job out of high school, and i remember those huge rooms full of those gigantic machines, the card readers, and how cold those rooms had to be kept to keep the machinery tickin’ along. I worked in the ‘Bounced Check’ department, learnt to use a great big dinosaur of a machine that processed all the over seas transactions (the bank I worked for was one of the biggest in Utah in those days), and learned a few office skills. I got paid $2.85 an hour. Small potatoes these days. I had flashbacks as I read your post, because so much of what you covered echoed my own experiences! Thanks Di! ☺

    • When I joined the bank, my salary was £760 per annum! My final salary with the American bank in 2001 was £24K!!
      Glad to take you down memory lane Melanie. You feeling better today?

  2. murisopsis says:

    My father was in on the ground floor and learned to code (he was a math teacher). I grew up with stacks of computer cards as scratch paper. He would bring home the little chips of paper from the key punch machines to use in our gerbil cage… As soon as personal computers came out he had to have one. I married a computer science major – and we always have a couple computers (right now we have 3 desk top, one laptop, a netbook and an iPad).

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