1. bakron1's Avatar
    Being I am mostly retired these days has given me a lot of time to think back about my early days in the computer and tech industry.

    My first real machine was an Osborne portable given to me by a friend who was an early computer tech and showed me how CPM worked and gave me a few floppies and I played around with it for a short while and gave me an early lesson into keyboard commands and such.

    Then came MS Dos and I had many early machines including Kaypro, IBM and many of which I built myself. Back then it was all manual setup and required basic understanding of software and hardware and was a lot of fun.

    Then came my introduction in the the Apple word. My friend Sam who has since passed showed me the way of Apple back then on his old 2 series machines.

    He owned a business had the resources to upgrade and graduated into the McIntosh line, then the G series and eventually the intel based iMacs.

    I really liked the early Apple GUI and was even given a Lisa by a longtime friend and I was hooked. I still had to use DOS and Windows based PC’s because the majority of the business world I worked in was using them.

    In 2008 our engineering company decided to take the plunge and switch over from PC’s to Macs and we never looked back. The networking ability was far superior and once we adapted to Mac OS, we where hooked.

    As far as phones, back in the day everyone carried a BlackBerry and BBM was the primary messaging app used by us and our corporate clients.

    Even when the original iPhone 2G came out, which we quickly bought 4 of them. We where still using our BlackBerries because that’s what our customers required.

    When things where transitioning from BlackBerry to IOS and Android, we jumped on the Apple wagon and never looked back. I still carried a BlackBerry and an iPhone because I will always have a loyalty to the BlackBerry brand.

    It was fun back then and I learned a lot and met some interesting and very smart people along the way. I have always carried the same work ethic, that I am no smarter then the people I work with.

    Just thought I would share some of my early days in these difficult times we are living and hopefully some of the folks out there will do the same.
    ksassy, Just_Me_D, MrMars and 3 others like this.
    10-01-2020 04:53 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Like you, I have fond memories of personal computers and mobile phones in the early days of personal tech. In regard to my BlackBerry years, those were the best....
    bakron1 and tee_cup like this.
    10-02-2020 11:31 PM
  3. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I still have a working Commodore 64.
    aximtreo and Just_Me_D like this.
    10-03-2020 07:49 AM
  4. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I still have a working Commodore 64.
    Looking back, I wish I had kept mine...
    10-03-2020 08:18 AM
  5. gnirkatto's Avatar
    I miss my Blackberries every day, whenever I have to type on my iPhone. Never ever will this NOT annoy me.
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    10-03-2020 12:11 PM
  6. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I miss my Blackberries every day, whenever I have to type on my iPhone. Never ever will this NOT annoy me.
    Typing on a BlackBerry’s physical keyboard was a pleasure for me.
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    10-03-2020 02:12 PM
  7. wilber1's Avatar
    Best device I ever typed on ,BlackBerry 9900.

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    10-03-2020 02:32 PM
  8. tee_cup's Avatar
    Looking back on life, can be good and bad. Right now, with a significant age approaching for me, I am trying not to think too much - LOL
    But, like many others who posted before me, I miss the BlackBerry days. I learned a lot, and did a lot, during that period. I was even a MOD on CrackBerry, too. Ah, those days...
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    10-03-2020 02:36 PM
  9. tee_cup's Avatar
    Not to segway the conversation, but, if a manufacture ever made this device available, with Android, I would be all over it...

    Best device I ever typed on ,BlackBerry 9900.

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    10-03-2020 02:38 PM
  10. gnirkatto's Avatar
    I still have the Bold 9900 and the Classic. And I'm going to keep them, for sentimental reasons, although they are no longer really useful (for me at last).
    I also have a Key2 LE, which I turn on when being at home at night. And it makes me very happy whenever someone sends me a message, because I will respond by typing on a real keyboard.
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    10-04-2020 04:28 AM
  11. wilber1's Avatar
    I still have a 9900 bold from 2011 just for nostalgia I guess ,my son in law still uses his classic kind of beat up but he can't let it go .
    10-04-2020 02:58 PM
  12. joemd60's Avatar
    Loved my Blackberries back in the day. One other great phone I had and loved, was my Nokia 6200. That was my best phone, it never missed beat even in fringe areas.
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    10-04-2020 05:36 PM
  13. bakron1's Avatar
    Best device I ever typed on ,BlackBerry 9900.

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    My favorite BlackBerry device for forum factor and keyboard. I also loved my z30 and passport. Being I will always have a soft spot and I still very active on the CB forums, if the new 5G BlackBerry is what they are saying it’s going to be, I will be all over it.

    I will be back to carrying two phones again, my iPhone and my BlackBerry, the best of both worlds.
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    10-05-2020 07:24 PM
  14. Speedygi's Avatar
    I love Blackberry phones but sometimes I can't just live without the big screen these days.
    10-24-2020 12:45 AM
  15. bakron1's Avatar
    I love Blackberry phones but sometimes I can't just live without the big screen these days.
    The larger screens are almost a standard for the devices offered today. We have come a long way from the early devices which primarily used for emails, text and messaging to the devices of today which have become a portable PC, communication device and gaming platform.
    10-26-2020 04:24 PM
  16. JamesCunny1983's Avatar
    I love Blackberry phones but sometimes I can't just live without the big screen these days.
    Yeah that’s why I moved on from Key2 I need a big screen device.

    if BlackBerry produce one again I might move back but have to be honest 11 pro max is up there with Bold 9900 as my best devices I love it
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    10-26-2020 05:18 PM

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