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    Posted May 3, 2014 by
    Los Angeles, California
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    Apple Computers

    I received my tax refund on March 17, 1983 and immediately used it to buy an Apple IIe computer and Epson FX dot matrix printer for about $2,400 and two software programs, VisiCalc and WordStar for about $300 each. A month later, I bought a modem.

    Through out the 1980's, I bought additional software programs and subscribed to several onilne services, including CompuServe and The Source, forerunners of the Internet.

    I met other computer users from around the country, the United Kingdom, and Australia. We were all impressed by how fast we could communicate online. I began using my Apple IIe and some of my software programs for my job as a financial relations consultant. The owner of the company where I worked liked what I did so much that he bought me an Apple IIe system for my office. Some of my clients began using computers in their offices, too. We exchanged documents, including drafts and final versions, electronically via email, drastically reducing messenger service costs.

    In the late 1980's, the company I worked for installed a few Apple MacIntosh and IBM PC's. I learned to use both of them. I really enjoyed seeing personal computers become so popular.

    In 1999, I bought my first PC, placing it on a new computer desk across from the one with my Apple IIe on it. In 2006, i replaced that PC with a Compaq Presario, which is what I am using to write this.

    In 2000, I built my own website, Tuxedo Junction, at http://tuxjunction.net . It features articles about the Swing Era and plenty of big band music. I have visitors from more than 50 nations. It is a joy to know so many people share my love of the Swing Era!

    I have really enjoyed my computers for these past three decades. They have given me a great deal of joy!

    George Spink
    Los Angeles
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