Monday, November 16, 2009

Is it wrong to miss the Apple IIc?

OK. I admit it. I miss the Apple IIc and Apple IIe.

Nowadays, we might consider dot matrix printers, floppy disks and the game Castle Wolfenstein antiquated and lame, but I have a special place in my heart for that stuff.

Sometimes, when I am busy on my modern and/or "space age" computer, what I'm doing does not feel like "work." I write letters of recommendation for students, read their work and send e-mails. Because all that is done on a computer, it all feels like a game to me. I believe many in the Snooze Button Generation have the same feeling.

My theory on why computer work doesn't feel like work for the Snooze Button Generation is because we were introduced to computers through games, such as Castle Wolfenstein. Back then, even if we were word processing, we were all just a "control, open apple, reset" away from playing a game.


  1. Computer games were the government's way of getting us to "work" without knowing it. In the near future there will be no difference between to the two.

    Cell phones, computers, and other fantastic devices are being sold as devices that help us stay connected. But actually the MAN is just trying to keep us placated, and working 24/7

  2. Hey, you know the significance of this year, 2010? This is the year we were all supposed to be tapping away at our Apple IIc's on the beach if we are to look back at the excellent 1984 film 2010 where there is a scene showing Roy Scheider's character doing just that.

    Anyways, thanks to a blog post I am doing on that subject right now, I found your blog. Great one man! I think I found my second home. :)

    1. It normally takes me two and half years to respond to comments, but yours was so cool I got to it it within one year and eight months... So happy you're into it; I think I am going to write a bit more of late. Enjoy!