This is part of a hilarious conversation I had with my daughter today on Skype. She is a freshman Environmental Studies major in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. She was born in 1991 and grew up with the pc. I got my Computer Science degree in 1984.
During this conversation she learns for (apparently) the first time that we did not always have pc’s…
daughter: the academic building is all the language studies and liberal arts
and its like another world
people dress different
no cowboy boots or camo
but scarves and european man bags
and guys with long hair and a guy with a mohawk and kilt.
this is where I need to meet friends ha
that’s my major
thats weird. I dont think computer science is liberal arts now.
me: my major is bachelor of science in computer science in the college of liberal arts
me: it’s not
after i left it got moved to engineering
daughter: yeah engineering
me: i’m so glad it wasn’t in engineering when i was in it
i would have hated that
i liked liberal arts
daughter: but wouldnt the curriculum be the same?
just in a new college
me: no not at all
it’s more like engineering
me: all regimented and hard
it’s a hard degree now
daughter: so the whole degree changed but yours is still called computer science
me: back in the day it was theory
there were no pc’s
not invented yet
daughter: cool then you have a degree that sounds harder than it is
me: same degree. i just got it while the getting was good
daughter: what? the computer wasnt invented?
good for me
lucked out for once
me: only mainframes were invented
you had to reserve time to log into it to do homework
daughter: I dont get what a computer science degree person would do after they graduated. Invent the computer?
the computer was invented
pc’s were not
me: they were mainframes as big as a room
I dont know what mainframe means
me: then we did computer support stuff and programmed
me: search on
and then click on images
and you’ll see ictures
that’s what i did
just like that
me: no, dos
do you see the pictures?
daughter: its looking to me like a science lab
me: yeah well your little laptop is a zillion times more powerful
those huge machines were like 128K
and ridiculously small
had to be shared
not even into gigabytes at all
me: what what?
daughter: so not even my music would fit into that large thing?
daughter: its like a new world for you these days
daughter: I wonder if that will happen to me
if my computer will be obsolete
me: if you move to germany it might, otherwise you will never know because the US is going backwards
daughter: ha ha ha
me: yes your computer will be obsolete in less than 10 years