18 Things We Did On The Computer Kids Today Will Never Understand

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1. Pressing the button on the desktop tower, and waiting minutes before hearing the startup sound.

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Your desktop theme said a lot about you.

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2. Installing games, sound cards, and operating systems from floppy disks…

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The clicks meant it worked.

3.multiple disks…

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Sometimes as few as 23.

4. …all of which came from giant, cellophane-wrapped boxes.

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Physical media, right, guys?

5. Folding the edges of dot matrix paper into zigzagging accordion strips.

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Or taping them together to make chain links.

6. Cycling endlessly through the media player skins to find the perfect one…

Headspace, obviously.

7. …and marveling at the visualizations.

Still as mesmerizing as ever.

8. Waiting for the screensaver, just so you could watch an unplayable maze…

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The Haunted House one was too scary.

9. …while the other maze — the one you did play — asked impossibly hard questions.

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But that music

10. Spending hours with educational and reference CD-ROMs.

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OK, mostly for the movies.

11. Playing games with joysticks…

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And gamepads.

12. …games that required you to look up words in the manual as a form of copy protection.

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“What is the sixth word of the third paragraph on page 20?”

13. Removing the ball from your wired, mechanical mouse.

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The only way to clean it.

14. Agonizing over which WordArt to use for your Language Arts project.

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You know, the stuff that’s now animated in your dash.

15. Creating photo-realistic landscapes with MS Paint.

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“I’ll call this one Untitled.jpeg.”

16. Recording yourself and playing it backwards at 2x speed.

Never got old.

18. Finally, flipping the power switch only when you saw this screen:

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And the crackling sound of the monitor as you turn it off.

The future is coming, and it’s called Windows 10 — the Windows that will keep you up to date, so you can spend more time doing, and less time waiting.

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