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Most likley better. I'd see more concerts, eat more sushi, read more un-read books, take more photographs, do more artwork, quit my job, travel....
I'd be more active physically and socially. I'd read more. I'd learn new hobbies or practice old ones. I'd take long walks. I'd cook better meals. I'd appreciate art and nature much more.

In other words life without a computer would be depressing and boring. ;)
Well, it depends on how life was before it. If there never were computers I'd have a totally different job and no idea how my life would currently be. If it was just my computer that vanished I'd be cussing while wondering how someone stole 5 computers from my home. Then I'd get out my box of spare parts and throw together something like an Athlon XP system to get back up and running again.
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Fictionvision: Well, it depends on how life was before it. If there never were computers I'd have a totally different job and no idea how my life would currently be. If it was just my computer that vanished I'd be cussing while wondering how someone stole 5 computers from my home. Then I'd get out my box of spare parts and throw together something like an Athlon XP system to get back up and running again.
After you build your new PC I'll break into your home and snatch it to fill my own void!
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Fictionvision: Well, it depends on how life was before it. If there never were computers I'd have a totally different job and no idea how my life would currently be. If it was just my computer that vanished I'd be cussing while wondering how someone stole 5 computers from my home. Then I'd get out my box of spare parts and throw together something like an Athlon XP system to get back up and running again.
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mondo84: After you build your new PC I'll break into your home and snatch it to fill my own void!
I have enough parts to make another, so I don't mind helping a fellow computer addict out :P

Though soon after I'll be down to putting Pentium 1 boards on wood due to running out of cases.
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mondo84: After you build your new PC I'll break into your home and snatch it to fill my own void!
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Fictionvision: I have enough parts to make another, so I don't mind helping a fellow computer addict out :P

Though soon after I'll be down to putting Pentium 1 boards on wood due to running out of cases.
Could you build me one of these?

:P
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Fictionvision: Though soon after I'll be down to putting Pentium 1 boards on wood due to running out of cases.
I have a few spare cases, but not enough parts to make working machines out of them.

I have been in a situation (less than 10 years ago) where the only machine I had was my old Performa 475. It is quite astonishing what a machine with 25 MHz CPU sans FPU, 36 MB RAM and 640x480 resolution, running Netscape 4 and iCab 2.9.9 can do, even on the modern web.
Post edited April 26, 2013 by Maighstir
Xan knows the answer.
Post edited April 26, 2013 by Vitek
Professionally, it would be extremely different.

Personally, though, while it would be different I don't think it would be in a major way. The time I spend on the personal computer is spent primarily playing games. So, that time would be filled with another pursuit, most likely reading. This is really the only forum I frequent with any regularity and I don't have a facebook (or similar) account. So, from a socialization standpoint, there wouldn't be much impact at all. And as for the other...ahem...adult diversions...well, there's always cable televsion.
Play more console games and read more(well more books on paper).
I'm a programmer with a strong background in mathematics. I also have a lot of output in terms of original ideas.

Without computers, I would probably have become a mathematician and/or a writer.

Maybe I would even have dabbled into politics and started a study circle as a pet project.

My life would have been different, but still very satisfying I think.
Post edited April 26, 2013 by Magnitus
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Fictionvision: Though soon after I'll be down to putting Pentium 1 boards on wood due to running out of cases.
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Maighstir: I have a few spare cases, but not enough parts to make working machines out of them.

I have been in a situation (less than 10 years ago) where the only machine I had was my old Performa 475. It is quite astonishing what a machine with 25 MHz CPU sans FPU, 36 MB RAM and 640x480 resolution, running Netscape 4 and iCab 2.9.9 can do, even on the modern web.
Impressive. I had a similar situation about 15 years ago but it wasn't nearly as extreme. The hard drive in my only system died and I had no money to get a replacement. So I got a 120 meg hard drive out of a 386 someone tossed and put Windows 3.11 on it to get back online. It worked well enough for half a year until I could get something better.

Sorry, I don't have any laptops like that. :P Even if I did, I got rid of all my pre-pentium stuff years ago thinking none of it would be of any use again. Of course Maighstir's post shows even that can be usable when you need it.
I'd have a whole lot less porn in my life and that would be sad. I'd probably spend a lot of time tinkering with cars or motorcycles instead, maybe radios, dunno. More hunting and outdoors without a doubt.
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Fictionvision: Sorry, I don't have any laptops like that. :P Even if I did, I got rid of all my pre-pentium stuff years ago thinking none of it would be of any use again. Of course Maighstir's post shows even that can be usable when you need it.
Yeah, I'm not letting that machine go for anything. I'll be celebrating 20 years with it next year.
Even more depressing.