<sigh> I feel old now too.
"I'm so old I carved my first modem out of a block of wood, used a crystal to get online. I can still remember tuning it with the cat whisker, sonny."
(Actually, I did have a crystal radio set waaaay back in the day.)
My first computer experience was in the USAF programming mainframes - Univac 494 and 1108s. Interesting machines, word oriented. Back then you looked at every instruction to optimize and tried to save as much memory as possible.
We only had 256K of core memory, and you could open the back of the machine and see the separate cores with the three (read/write/reset) wires running through them. Dual 494s had 8 tape drives on them, and could record either 7 track or 9 tracks, BCD or EBCDIC. Mass storage was either 1782 drums or FASTRAN systems.I also worked on "terminal" machines - Univac 1004s - they were plugboards that you set up with wires to program. Fun times, fun times.
A few years later I worked on "laptop" systems - from HP, as I recall. Dual 5 1/4 folppies and a Bernolli drive. That was at JPL where you could go and get any software you wanted for free at what we lovingly refered to as "The Candy Store".
It was during that time that I got my first 486. RAM back then was about $600 for 64K, hard drives were about $1 a K (1/2 meg drive cost me $550 I remember.) The good thing was I had moved to Sunnyvale, so there were a lot of "chop shops" that built systems while you waited, literally.
Over the years, I've moved on to P-II, P-3, P-4, and now to an I-3 system. Each one smaller and faster than the last.
Being a packrat, I still have a set of Windows 2.0 and 3.1 (and 3.11) floppies.
I did a lot of programming in ASM when I worked for Univac (after getting out of the AF), then gave it up for a long time - C wasn't as much fun. I got back into it for a while when I discovered Perl, still do a little for my various web pages.
Lot of good memories, lot of late nights.