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My Dad’s Computer



I’m currently visiting my dad in Memphis, TN, where he has owned a bowling center for the last 26 years. When we walked into his office he said, “I got a new computer.” when I looked at the Dell OptiPlex GX110 with a zip disk sticking out I said, “I hope not.”

Fortunately, the new computer in question hadn’t been set up yet.

Images: Chris Hardwick/Nerdist

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  1. Suhaila says:

    Man, whatever happened to zip discs? They were all the rage back in… uh… 97-99 time frame I think. It’s been awhile. I only had one pc that actually came with one. My top of the line 3k bucks Dell with, at the time, an amazing 300mHz. Whoooooo.

  2. spyboy says:

    He’ll never get V.90 with all that mold on the modem!

  3. Jowey says:

    Thanks for the heads up, Chris. I might make a visit next time I break out the ball and shoes. Next time you’re in town, Bring the Phirm and do a show. We’re languishing out here in the Mid-South.

  4. The Nerdist says:

    Nice, Jowey! Fortunately, the whole place recently got a tech overhaul. The only thing left was his office computer, which is on its way out.

  5. Jowey says:

    Having bowled at Billy Hardwick’s many times, I’m not terribly surprised the technology that runs the place is a bit behind the times. Fun joint though, THE place to be on a Friday night, if you’re in high school or a U of M underclassman.

  6. The Nerdist says:

    Well, he doesn’t actually use it. Other people do. He refuses to learn “all that email shit.”

  7. Randal says:

    Ostranders Sunday. You should come.

  8. Nan says:

    This is so cute! I know how you feel, I finally taught my parents to quit clicking on banner ads that say they’re won something.
    All together now, “awww.”

  9. Giggleloop says:

    I bet he gets blazing fast internets on that 56k. *drool* 😉

  10. Doomguy13 says:

    Give it to me NOW. Please? I mean, I want that because that is the greatest computer I have set my eyes on.

  11. chrisallen says:

    i think i still have an old tandy that i used to play math blaster plus on !!!!

  12. Alycia says:

    I want it. Seriously. That is the best thing ever.