In my early life (and you can see that it was early) the only computer we knew was that inside our heads. File storage was in cabinets or lying around on the desk.We were taught early the value of keeping records, adding and remembering. Logical thinking occurred way before fuzzy logic was even thought of.
Telephones too were stationary. The first phone in my recollection had the number Casino88. It was an operator connect phone on the wall. You spoke into the box and held an ear piece to your ear. We had to get on a stool to reach the mouth piece. Phone calls weren’t made willy nilly. Care and thought had to go into whether it was necessary and the expense. In those days telgrams were used. We thought this black phone was modern luxury.
And were quite jealous of my aunt who had a coloured even more modern version.
We got into computers early in the piece and took two with us for record keeping when we were on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu.
Our friend at the Coffee Plantation on Tanna had an old phone (working) inside the red telephone box. The old A and B version. When you are isolated little things like this really make you feel at home.
Finally we got the roof on our house and our computers moved upstairs where we could both work at the same time.
The telephone in the restaurant was vital for incoming bookings and fax messages. When the phone rang and we heard the shrill squeal of a fax it would be all hands on deck. Someone would dive to the generator in the kitchen and start it so that we had the electricity to run the fax machine. Another would go to the fax machine and plug it in the minute they heard the loud noise indicating the generator was now operational. Someone would stay on the phone checking the sound of the squeal. If we weren’t quick enough we would hang up so the agent could try again. They all knew to ring back if unsuccessful the first time. It became a challenge to get them first go and by the end we were fairly successful.
Our office. Roger has the left whilst I have the right.
I’m an apple fan
whilst he likes windows.
In my other temporary workplace I do all my uni work on the computer they have given me.
State of the art computers at Sunshine Coast uni are a far cry from the mainframes that even computing students couldn’t get near. Does anyone else remember the rheems of paper they used to generate.
In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.