The Old Computer

The closet in the spare bedroom is home to old computers. A Commodore 64 sits at the bottom of the pile, with heaps of Macs, Dells, and huge portable phones piled atop it. Since nobody bothers to open the closet door, nobody knows the machinery heaped in that closet has formed a confederation of electrons and plans to take over the world. Soon.

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “The Old Computer”

  1. The old computer sits on the cement floor of the workshop. To the naked eye, it’s just an ugly beige box covered with dust. It’s enormous screen has been replaced by a shinier, bigger flat screen. Oh, but what treasures it hides in it’s memory. The awe of my very young children growing a garden in ADIBOU with the click of a mouse.

  2. The old computer ain’t what it used to be, but she couldn’t part with it. She knew it was outdated and slow, but she didn’t care. In her eyes, it served the purpose. She didn’t care about searching the net or blogging. She just used it as a basic word processor and that suited her just fine. Some of her best stories had emanated from its hard drive and that was the main reason why she kept working on it.

  3. Technologically, the old computer is out of memory. Its capacity has reached its limit. But the ‘memories’ that it possesses are touchstones on my family’s journey together. My son’s tiny five year old fingers learned to navigate MacOs on this computer. My daughter’s poems were composed here. It has generated hundreds of papers, presentations, employee reviews, and math lessons. It contains thousands of family photos, bits of music, and other ephemera. Truly, the old computer is our family’s memory box.

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