I remember they offered a computer course in my high school, but I was too intimidated to take the class.When is the last time you saw one of these, if ever? They're dated 1983.
In high school in '80 or so I took one of my first computer classes and it had a room filling IBM machine loaded with huge reams of that tractor feed white/green paper. I vaguely remember banging away at a keypunch machine then pulling a big breadboard out of it the size of a floor mat and wiring up a ton of wire jumpers to get my program to run. I made a 6' image of the USS Enterprise in asterisks. The machines are long gone but my geekdom thrives
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I have a pretty clear memory of a teacher explaining a modem to me, and then showing me a picture because an actual one was $$$. I used to have an old Black Box catalog from only a couple years later with one in it for $2400, a fortune at the time. I'd go to the Guidance Office in the high school to a room that had a massive teletype - a dresser sized printer/keyboard with a ream of tractor feed green bar paper in it. Grab the old Western Electric '5-button key telephone' and dial in to the VAX system at a local facility. You'd hear the modem screech and then jam the receiver into an acoustical coupler about the size of a shoe box. Hang on !! 110 baud headed your way.I remember they offered a computer course in my high school, but I was too intimidated to take the class.