Sometimes while browsing Reddit (the land of aww-inspiring animal photos, sarcastic image macros, and the occasional "Ask Me Anything" with a current U.S. president) we find a discussion thread that perfectly illustrates the amazing ways in which science and technology have morphed our world. Case in point: Yesterday, Reddit user FLHCv2 asked the more than 3 million subscribers of the subreddit AskReddit: "Older Redditors, what were offices like before computers and the internet became mainstream?"
Here are some of our favorite answers. From user inbetweenthemargins:
Ouch. Not quite as glam as Mad Men. User rytis makes it sound a little more quaint:
User YourNewPope on what it was like to be one of the first techies:
From another early programmer, user aRoseBy:
User bluedunkie, on working in sales:
Remember when there was no direct deposit? Suego26 does:
And when the computers finally arrived? User jeannaimard describes the terror:
And the top comment of the thread, voted up by more than 700 users, from unclearbeer:
To the future!
"Before computers"... Right... No one believes that stuff anymore. It's like "When I was your age I had to walk to school uphill both ways in the snow!" It's just old people trying to convince you that they had it worse than you.
If there weren't any computers, where did the pictures come from? How would you get the picture from the camera to the printer? See? Just gotta use the ol' noggin.
You know, it's really not that fascinating a thing to examine when a majority of your subscribers lived during this period and have had these same experiences.
and your point is ??
Back in the old'n days the offices were not filled corner to corner with obese people.
Mike, I'm 40 and I have never worked in an office that did not have computers of some kind. I doubt a majority of subscriber here are longer then me.
Alright, I am 40 and have a good friend that is 8 years younger then me. We were talking the other day and I mentioned I have watched a interview with one of the guys who originally worked on the development of the internet. My Buddy looked at me like I was crazy and said. What are you talking about.. the internet has always been around. Amazing how one generation has a totally different perspective.
... have you never heard of Xerox???????? You Xeroxed the picture and magically out came a copy... No "computers" need... now that was using your noggin.
drosselmier, I do even better then that. When I was in school they still made copies with ditto machines (aka Spirit duplicator) and the A/V department was mainly film strip projectors. Some how we still managed to learn.
This week I learned that our intern has no idea who Margaret Thatcher was or any understanding of the cold war.
@ppardee was just being a smart alec... probably too young to remember real life printing presses and Kodak film processing on actual rolls of photographic film. For all our kids and grandkids the world has pretty much been all-digital from the day they were born. For better or worse, this is the world we live in now... I just hope we don't lose all the "old" knowledge and skills that were so important and useful before the world went electronic/digital. Can you imagine how we'd survive if the power went out for more than a day or two?!?
Oh... speaking of ditto machine... I remember using our mimeograph to make "copies" of the tests that I handed out to my students. Anyone remember the blue 'ink' and the chemical smell and wet paper? Ahhh, those were the days...
Remember the days before everyone had an interociter on their desk? Remember phones with mechanical bell ringers? Remember when voice mail was doled out with an eye dropper? Remember eye droppers? No, wait ... sorry, got carried away.
I'm sorry being 8 years longer then you is no excuse, the person is just brain dead. I mean really did he think the first cave men drawing were about how slow the Internet was on that day? :-)
I miss when life was simpler. The entire internet has brought and computers, gizmos and gadgets too, more complexities and wasted life fiddling with these things…
@ JayArr; That delicious aroma from your past is called Benzine. Don't worry. We still put it in lots of other cancer causing stuff.
In my first job at beginning 70s, as an international production specialist at a large multinational pharma company, ballpoints, paper, many filing cabinets, telex (no fax), almost no phone use (very expensive and not necessary). Much travel by air. Very expensive, cute stewardesses, excellent service, first class hotels and no crying children or backpackers around.
I remember when the computer was some miraculous thing. Once about 1968 during training I was offered overtime to make lines with a grease pen on IBM cards. In 1971 we had a computer in the head office but not in our branch office. The head of the computer department was the the company yokel. I did not really understand what they meant with the term "software". Phone and Fax and electric typewriters were all the electronics we had. Then the slide rule was suddenly replaced by pocket calculators. Eventually desktop computers linked to a mainframe appeared. From the computer perspective I do not miss these days.
yeah! I remember blue 'ink' and the chemical smell and wet paper. I remember when they handed paper out in the room we would all stop what we were doing and just sniff the paper. i rmember that and they say it screwed up yor brain but naw it niver did im normal phewww ;p we was nut affected =/
I have to say with all sincerity: Its nice to remember the past, but we must be proud of how MUCH our world has advanced from the people in ancient times.... for example.... can you imagine that a long time ago.... probably the earliest fly swatters were nothing more than some sort of striking surface attached to the end of a long stick.
Can you believe that?! Im so glad I live today.
And I just have to laugh when I think of the first cigar, because it was probably just a bunch of rolled up tobacco leaves.
They had it bad back then! Sorry i would type more but my work just txted me, theres an emergency and I have to finish that document for tomorrows meeting, but my boss wants to review his test plans too, so NO SLEEP me tonight! ;D but after i respond to my silly facebook wall messages and check all my other accounts...haha...i have to somehow link them together with yet ANOTHER APP so that people can interrupt my already crazy life with their petty ramblings...oh man i forgot to check my YouTube subscriptions =/...i gotta do that first
haha i will dream about all those crazy ancient people who frolicked in the crazy green grass and breathed in fresh air but didnt have cell phones...haha! SUCKAS!!! i'll dream about you old SUCKAS!!!!...........but not tonight cause tonight i gotta check my social apps...and maybe do some work... =/
my roomate's sister-in-law makes $66 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for nine months but last month her check was $18724 just working on the computer for a few hours. try this