a-sub-text-hammer

I was going to write this on [(sub)TMO](https://write.as/sub-tmo) and call it “a (sub)text hammer”, and hence why this entry starts this way. But it is worth putting on TMO, so here it is…nn**a (sub)text hammer**nnReminds me of an old Twitter account I used to follow called (WWW)txt (which upon writing that, I DDG’d “WWWtxt” and found the project online [here](https://wwwtxt.org/tagged/txt) on Tumblr (of all places)), and it covered retro technology and “retro messaging” (which is an understatement). It’s where I heard of [Community Memory](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Memory) for the first time, and then I heard of Community Memory again at some point on R.w.a.nnFor computer history knowledge, click the second link, for just general entertainment of old tidbits of messages sent on the Old Net(TM), visit the first link. Both are absolutely fascinating! :)nnAs much as I like “old tech”, I didn’t experience *too* much of it when I was young. I was born in 1983, but the family did not have a computer until 1997 (a Gateway 2000). I had used The Internet (which many of us called The World Wide Web (some still do), or some called it The Information Superhighway, as if that long-winded term would ever catch on) for the first time in 1994. I was in fifth grade at a school called North Elementary in Noblesville, Indiana, and it was a very forward thinking, progressive type of school that was considered a “very good” public school (the type that people move to that district for their kids to attend), and it had several computers in every classroom, as well as a large computer lab. nnMind you, it was 1993 when I started attending there. In 1993 most school *libraries* were lucky to have more than a smidgen of Apple IIe’s. This school had an entire **lab**, a room dedicated TO computers, and they were all new, color screen, Internet capable machines. Wow!nnI have no idea how, or what components we used to get online in 1994 (for the few PC’s wired to do so – the WWW was expensive back then), but I remember everything regarding dial-up, the sounds, the waiting, the brief 15-30 minutes spent online at a time because using dial-up meant NOT using one’s home phone (unless someone had *two* phone lines, which after a couple years, our household decided to bite the bullet and just pay for).nnI am not exactly nostalgic for these times, but it *is* absolutely fascinating to think how far tech has come. Before, a computer was an expensive/bulky accessory that became Interesting when connected to a telephone – now, most phones (which look much different) have basically BECOME the computer! Odd.nnAnyway, just wanted to share some stuffnnback soon

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