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Tuesday, 15 September, 2009


Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:18 pm

I thought I’d do a quick digression into how old I am, visit this site especially since I’ve recently filled in a couple of online forms that want my date of birth and it’s a smidges depressing how far down the lists I’ve got to scroll. So walking backwards down memory lane….

The internet (recent history)

I remember buying a book called “The Whole Internet User’s Guide & Catalog” written by Ed Krol. It was a pretty good guide at the time. To give you an idea of how long ago this was the book description includes the phrase “There’s also coverage of the World Wide Web“. At the time I didn’t have a web browser so that section was pretty useless, approved though interesting in the abstract. Veronica was the google of it’s day.

My first ever post to the internet newsgroups was in Nov 1993.

My email address was printed in an email directory you could buy at WHSmiths that listed (almost) everyone’s email address.

I remember my first ever IP address!

I once wrote an evolutionary art program that ran under DOS (windows was still too new to run on my computer), more about and it ran 3x faster if you had a math co-processor! It had a self written 3D library right down to setting the pixels on the screen.

I remember using Mac Plus’s in my first job, and they were considered portable! If you didn’t mind lugging around a half ton shoulder maiming bag.

Before that I went to university, one of around 3-5% of kids in my year. Arrr! That were elite!

Skipping back some more

I remember listening (and liking) to U2’s first album, though it was a bit “out there” for my general tastes.

I was there for punk, though at the time I was more interested in the likes of Rush and Thin Lizzy.

Still further back

Several of my mates at school had Russian Flue, not strictly a pandemic, but close on for us youngsters.

I remember being told off at school for having some stickers on my pencil case. The teacher said that if I was going to advertise a product I should be getting paid for it, not do it for free! (“Watch out, watch out – there’s a Humphrey about!”). He also had a go at other kids with brand names on their sports bags, which was virtually unheard of at the time.

I remember visiting my grandmothers in Wales, the tap water came from a spring and the toilet was a hole cut in a wooden board, unplumbed of course!

And finally to cap it all!

I remember a “Rag and Bone” man going down our street, complete with horse and cart. Really!

Sometimes I feel old. Though I wouldn’t go through any of my teenage years again if you paid me. It was unpleasant and I was a complete and utter pillock in so many different ways I still wince when thinking about it. If anyone knew me at secondary school, I’m sorry, there are so many things I would do differently now, not least treating my closest friends with the respect they truly deserved.


  1. The Rag and Bone man only stopped coming around about 6 months ago in my home town of Burnley.
    “Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggg……… Boooooooooooooooooonnnnnneeeeee”

    And he still used the horse and cart, he’d have none of those fancy automobile thingies.

    Comment by Smyth — Thursday, 17 September, 2009 @ 10:13 am

  2. Yeah, but this was in superdupercalifragilisticexpialidocious LONDON!!! Not some tatty boondocks that still hasn’t discovered speaking proper like they do in Eastenders.


    Also, to be fair, some of the things I said about my grans aren’t so extreme, I live within a mile of some houses that still don’t have mains water.

    Comment by Andrew.Rowbottom — Friday, 18 September, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

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