1983 was the year that I became fascinated with computers. A group of us were allowed to go to a special classroom to be exposed to a Commadore computer. After about 1 minute I was hooked.
I’ve had a lot of computers since then. It’s been a fun but often frustrating road since then to to the point of ease of use that we enjoy with computers today.
In 1983, If I wanted to play a game on my Tandy Color Computer I had to type every line of code from a book of programs into the thing. THEN I could save my program on a cassette tape! This was my first taste of user UN-friendliness that has lasted long into the Windows Era of computers. What I’d always longed for was a computer that “just worked”. Kind of like my toaster just works, or my microwave just works. I don’t need to know much about a microwave to make popcorn. I can just make popcorn!
My friends, my 30 year dream has finally been realized, and it’s name is iPad 2. It’s small, powerfully ridiculously easy to use, and costs less that $500. It’s the best computer I’ve ever had, and I am in no way ashamed of that!