I'm looking for anyone who'd be willing to be interviewed or have a chat about their experiences of using technology in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s as part of a #DigiPres project to document the growth and change in that time.
Please drop me a reply or DM if you're interested.
Who am I looking for? Software people, gamers, enthusiasts, fellow nerds... anyone who used and/or loved technology around the start of the PC boom and birth of the WWW around the world.
@ashley Oh wow, this is amazing! Only given it a brief skim but will set some time aside next week to really read through it all 🙂
I have such experiences, first as a newbie, then quickly into a power user, eventually becoming a pro tech shop. I retired the company last year.
I also utilized (often in advance of my employer and peers) computer tech in the insurance industry and as a product support manager. If this interests you, I'll offer what I can.
@retiredguru Hi there! Yes absolutely, thank you! Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
@retiredguru Thanks so much! Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
@todrobbins Thank you! Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
@LaCrecerelle I'm keen! 👋 For context, I was born in 1991 and have had a PC since the age of 6 or 7 (since I was young enough to believe in Santa Claus). I was the only person in my Year 3 primary school class who could type two-handed. I've been online since 2001 and spent my early internet days on Neopets and charity discussion forums before I discovered fanfic and forums websites in 2003/4. After that I spent 90% of my time in cyberspace 😁
@LaCrecerelle I also had a Psion palmtop computer as a kid which was my pride and joy. I've still got it 😄
@enchantedsleeper Oh my gosh thise palmtops were adorable! Sounds like some amazing experiences. Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
Let's get something lined up!
@daveross Ah fantastic, thanks so much! Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
@LaCrecerelle I'm in!
@sneakyblu Wonderful, thank you! Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
I grew up with an #8bit #Z80-based #MSX2 #homecomputer, primarily using it in the late #80s and just about the entire #90s.
While I mostly used it to play #games and doodle a bit, I also used it more seriously too, for instance to write my book reports, essays and similar written reports while in elementary school.
I've written some more toots about this in the past which you can likely find browsing the #MSX hashtag.
I also run an MSX-related forum & website in the early #2000s.
Unfortunately most of my more detailed toots about my history with #MSX were replies, so I can't find them through the featured hashtag on my profile: https://mastodon.social/@FiXato/tagged/msx
#PC-wise I don't really have any #386/#486 experience unfortunately; the earliest PC model our family had was the #Pentium60 my brother bought for his #sysadmin education, which only briefly ran #Win311 before #Win95 came out.
Browsed a lot of forums during breaks and after hours while in highschool though.
(highschool period starting in late 90s and ending around 2001)
It was also when I first started experimenting with #webdevelopment; mostly #PHP at the time.
Besides on forums, I also spent quite some time on #IRC, a chat medium that's still one of my preferred ones, even though I'm definitely not as active anymore as I used to. Oper'ed on several small servers and met my wife, @Siiw, through one of them. :)
https://blogspot.fixato.org/2013/06/gaming-memories.html?s=mastodon has some more about my early #gaming memories, though those are mostly #consoleGaming related, and https://msx.org/wiki/Category:FiXato has a bit more about my #MSX scene history.
Anyway, feel free to DM or reply if any of this sounds relevant and you're interested in more. :)
@FiXato Thank you so much! Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
@LaCrecerelle Born in 1979, started using computers in the 90s. I have fond memories of playing the first Monkey Island game on my dad's monochrome laptop. In Korea we had these limited-access networks with chats and bbs. I first went on the WWW in 1998 at college, met my first boyfriend online, met my husband online. I've played mostly adventure/puzzle and indie games, played tabletop games online, coded websites, created small Python apps, and worked a little with Bash scripts.
@lj_writes Monkey Island! One of my favourites. Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
@LaCrecerelle started on Apple ][ in the 80s and then PC XT clones and a Mac SE... I was the first customer of the local isp when they opened in um 1993 or so. Won some programming competitions in high school, went to uni for a CS degree, learned Unix and C there and lol that's basically still my life. Happy to chat or whatever!
@eqe Ah wonderful! Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
@LaCrecerelle what form do the interviews take, where will the results be published, and who is sponsoring the whole thing?
I’m old enough to have used a minicomputer and a ZX81. Didn’t touch a computer until I was 21 it have spent nearly 35 years in the IT then tech industry. Was an internet early user. Before the web. I’m an information architect now.
@Morphchic Email questionairre, online (website being built right now) and me personally, I'm doing this as a pre-PhD project following acadmic guidelines.
I'd love if you'd like to be involved though. Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
@LaCrecerelle It me!
@dbs Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at?
@LaCrecerelle Our first household computer was an Atari 400 that my parents bought when I was an infant (so /Centipede/ and /Asteroids/ are probably burned into my brain at a fundamental level). Dad actually did a little programming on it, making a game in Basic for me to practice my spelling. I started coding myself on a PC in the early '90s: QBasic, MS-DOS batch files, then a bit of assembly to augment the batch files and do silly tricks like turning on the mouse pointer at the DOS prompt, Visual Basic and C eventually. My school friends and I did a little digital video editing right around the turn of the century, when it was just becoming feasible to do at home.
Once, we went to the Super Wal-Mart on the night shift and convinced them to give us their entire kiosk full of free AOL CDs, which we loaded into the bed of a pickup truck and drove away with.
What can I say? There wasn't much to do in Huntsville.
@bstacey Ahh, the classic games! Sounds like some amazing stories - Would you mind sending me a DM with the best email address to reach you at? I'd love to send some further questions.
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