Can anyone relate to this or am I the only one who suffered the attack of the killer PC?
It was a quiet day sometime in the last century. People were talking about a "Super Highway." A visitor from Battle Creek requested me to take them to see the Super Highway she heard about on the news.
I explained that the super highway everyone was talking about had something to do with desk top computers and when I found out more about it I would share with her.
I can't remember the exact day, however, I finally got my hands on a PC and joined the Internet, or as a lot of us called it back in the day, AOL.
The first day I signed on to AOL it was AWESOME, I could view a picture of any thing I wanted to see and it only took it about 10 minutes to appear, well sometimes longer, but I had other things to do so I'd do them while the amazing computer coupled with the super highway did it's thing.
There they were in living color appearing at my command, thousand year old trees, beautiful flowers, horses of all kinds and for the first time in my life I saw a picture of a two headed snake.
Again, I can't remember the exact day, but, eBay came into my life. That was when I got the complete instructions for making money online.
Complete instructions that "came to me...."
"Go on the PC and make some money." That was it. "Go on the PC and make some money." As you can see I had a lot of blanks to fill in.
I forgot to mention that the first time I went online I was staring at the monitor for hours that seemed like minutes. When I got up I staggered around a bit, grabbed on to something and just stood there dazed.
When I got home I told my wife. "That computer sucked my brains out," because that is the only way I could describe how I felt.
Well, with the complete instructions in mind, "Go on the Computer and make some money," the computer ate my brains a few more times in the next few months. After that the "effects" of surfing were not noticeable and I actually made a few dollars using eBay and other methods taught by early IMers some long forgotten and some legend.
And people want to know why we charge for our information.
What price brains?
That's my true experience. What's yours.