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Please welcome our new contributor, Beyond Adventures.  With an incredibly diverse past, she has lots of topics to choose from.  Today, it’s all about technology. 

My day starts with coffee or tea, a slice of toast with jam, and fruit while catching up with the world via social media. My gotos? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and occasionally Reddit. This tends to catch it all for me. Who needs tv anymore for information or even a newspaper? Times have changed so much in this way. I’m not complaining at all. In fact, my life would have looked entirely different if not for technology.

I started out in computers in the military long ago. I had decided to join because I wanted to learn a trade and university was too expensive. So I went into the Marine Corp for computers. I still managed to become a sharpshooter while there, even placed in the top 20% in a shooting competition while I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After returning to civilian status, I began working in Chicago on IBM Mainframes and AS400s.

After more years, newly married me moved to the Seattle area. The home of Microsoft. I made acquaintances who had retired in their mid-thirties millionaires from there. This was a good place to be, I thought. But for me, from Chicago, which was Big Blue (an IBM hub) where most pcs were really just dummy terminals connected to and getting all their data from a Mainframe somewhere else. Whereas a real pc has locally installed software that at least gives you a user-friendly interface.

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