A post I made in SMs Geek Squad thread got me started thinking about my first computer and first Internet. MY first computer was in response to Apple's 1984 Super Bowl commercial. It was what was called a "Fat Mac"...a full 512K of RAM and the big 800K "floppy" drive, the new 3.5" one. There was no internal HD, but I got the biggest external they had...a full 10 Megs, Topped it off with a 24-pin dot matrix printer, PageMaker, Word and Submarine Battle command and immersed myself in all three. Interestingly, the immediate benefit was that my work reports improved substantially and were probably a large factor in a substantial promotion. I got it as a toy. My first modem came along not much later, a blazing 4800Baud that I used mostly with bulletin boards and direct contact with people I knew modem to modem. Real Internet came probably around '93-'94ish with AOL dialup...I think I was up to a 36KB modem by then and hit the big 56K shortly after. It was '96 when I went over to a real IP. Another year or so and I will have lived with computers as long as I did without.