(Thanks to everyone who sent this to me)
What was the first computer that you owned?
This question might make some of us feel pretty damn old but here goes. My first computer was a Commodore Vic 20, the little feeble brother of the Commodore 64. And in my day if you wanted a game for the Vic 20 you had to write the program yourself (Or at least type in the code that you got from a magazine). And until you bought the tape drive, there was no way to back it up so you would have to type it every time you wanted to play it. And we loved it!
The only store that sold game cartidges for the Vic 20 where I lived had the same two games, The Count and Voodoo Castle, both of which I played so many times that I still have the solution memorized (OPEN COFFIN, TAKE RING, W, ENTER FIREPLACE, GET IDOL, S, CLEAN IDOL, etc. etc)
Universal obedience is universal stagnation; disobedience is one of the conditions of progress. Select any age of the world and tell me what would have been the effect of implicit obedience. Suppose the church had had absolute control of the human mind at any time, would not the words liberty and progress have been blotted from human speech? In defiance of advice, the world has advanced.
Robert Green Ingersoll – “Individuality” (1873)