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Greetings, Professor Falkin....

18

September

Only the biggest geeks out there would recognize that line from "War Games" with Matthew Broderick. That movie was a turning point -- I went from loving really cheesy rock bands to becoming obsessed with computers. Not that I could remotely approach the art of hacking into my school computer and changing my grades. But it was nice to dream about.

Here are some highmark moments in technology during the 80s:
-- Video games: From Space Invaders to Asteroids to Donkey Kong. From Pong to Atari and beyond.
-- VCRs: I still remember the first two movies my family rented when we bought our first VCR -- Caddyshack and Urban Cowboy. (Strangely enough the only one I own today is Urban Cowboy .... part of a John Travolta 3-pack of DVDs).
-- Apple's Macintosh: The first truly easy to operate (and easy to crash) home computer.

If all goes according to plan, I'm going to talk Gina into making a podcast soon on 80s technology. So share your favorite techie memories of the decade here, and we'll give you a shoutout.

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