Monday, December 10, 2012

A Poem For Computer Users Older Than 40

A little Monday morning humor, 'cause you know, it's Monday and we really don't want to be at work today.

A computer was something on TV
From a science fiction show of note
A window was something you hated to clean
And ram was the father of a goat.

Meg was the name of my girlfriend
And gig was a job for the nights
Now they all mean different things
And that really mega bytes.

An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity
A keyboard was a piano.

Memory was something that you lost with age
A CD was a bank account
And if you had a 3-in. floppy
You hoped that nobody found out.

Compress was something you did to the garbage
Not something you did to a file
And if you unzipped anything in public
You'd be in jail for a while.

Log on was adding wood to a fire
Hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
And a backup happened to your commode.

Cut you did with a pocket knife
Paste you did with glue
A web was a spider's home
And a virus was the flu.

I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper
And the memory in my head
I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash
But when it happens they wish they were dead.

I received this as an e-mail back in 2001 from a former co-worker. Back then, we were using Windows 95, Firefox was the database program of choice, Netscape was king and list serves were how you communicated with everyone else.


  1. Very good, LOL! And an icon was a religious painting.

  2. Good one. This one deserves wide distribution.

  3. I can vaguley remember when no computer was around, but for most of my life they have given off their humming sound.

  4. What a beauty. I'm forty-one, so just made it past your deadline! :-)

    Greetings from London.

  5. Ha ha, sorry but the 3-in floppy cracked me up. Maybe because I have the mentality of a teenage boy. :D

  6. I don't make the age cutoff but can certainly relate to that last line!

  7. Debra: Excellent! Most definitely an icon was a painting back then.

    Charles: Thanks. It most definitely does.

    Pat: My computer memory goes back to playing games on a Tandy computer and program stuff with BASIC and loading programs with cassettes.

    Joe: I remember when floppy disks where 5 and not 3. I had bad flashbacks when I was watching an old episode of MacGyer that had holding a supersized floppy. :D

    A Cuban In London: Thanks for stopping by to comment.

    I think this applies to everyone, but definitely those who were around in the early 90's can truly appreciate it.

    M: I think we can all relate to the last line. :D

  8. I had never heard that before and it is great. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Lynn: Thanks.

    g.A.: Thanks, and you're more than welcome.


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