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Saturday 10 December 2016

Snail mail and the 'Stone Age' of personal computers

Published 20/01/2016 | 02:30

Personal computers in the 1980s were clunky machines with eye-watering price tags.
Personal computers in the 1980s were clunky machines with eye-watering price tags.

My first personal computer was a Dell and cost over £3000. It had a tiny screen and was positively Stone Age in comparison to my current €800 model, also a Dell.

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Three thousand quid was a lot of money 30 years ago but it enabled me to do all my own office work, print and file invoices and in general, do the work of a personal secretary.

It wasn't much more than a sophisticated word processor but it enabled me to move with the times and upgrade all my business practices.

We didn't have internet access and I still used snail mail (An Post) rather than emails but at least the people I sent letters to received them in a properly presented and legible form.

Everything was copied and saved on the PC which proved invaluable when doing the annual accounts.

This then opened up the opportunity of writing for newspapers which, even then, didn't appreciate hand written articles.

We didn't have mobile phones back then but what you don't have, you don't miss.

However, now having a mobile means being able to spend a day's fishing and still appear to be at work. Isn't modern technology just wonderful?

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