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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.

10 comments:

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

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  2. Good one. This one deserves wide distribution.

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

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

    Greetings from London.

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

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

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  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

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

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  9. Lynn: Thanks.

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

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