I’m one of those people who can’t claim they were on BBS’s long before the Internet. I do go back far enough that my first computer had a 14.4kbps modem, and the word broadband was only used by a handful of people. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I got my first desktop with a Pentium chip. Compiling Linux kernels in just 8 hours? Amazing!
Times have certainly changed. I’ve switched from Linux to OS X, from a desktop to a laptop (MacBook Pro). My mum has adopted my EeePC as her own, and prefers Ubuntu to Windows (this is a woman who last year would ask me daily how to attach pictures to her emails). Her desktop is sitting next to mine, unplugged in the garage. Smaller, faster, cheaper. I’m not complaining :)