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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
No, not big blue, but the other goliath, AT&T. After things got really unpleasant while working on my dissertation, I took a break and found a real job paying real salaries and, although I had originally intended to go back and finish my degree on the side, that became less and less attractive as time went on and thus fell by the wayside. Just as well, because I was really enjoying what I was doing in IS at NY Telephone. In fact just yesterday I read a line that perfectly described the euphoria my colleagues and I experienced in 1983 when we got our hands on the Lisa, a prototype and predecessor to Apple's Macintosh computer. The line reads "You felt as if you were part of this tiny group of people who had seen the light", that light being the graphical user interface for personal computers.

Exciting times.
Yeah, the career pathways are a lot more diverse in that field.

My wife was a grad student at MIT during late 70s and early 80s and I remember her writing early drafts of her thesis in her apartment on a VT100 with a 1200 baud modem. It was pretty exciting when she bought a Mac in about 1984, just before finishing up. When I was in grad school, we had some kind of desktop computer in the lab, but it only spoke machine language and controlled rat experiments. I left it the hell alone and used a typewriter.
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