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Call for Submissions: How I Met Your Motherboard

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

By Chris Teja

If you were born around or before the early 1980s, chances are you remember not owning a computer. And, as shocking as this might sound to the current generation of technologically spoiled teenagers, this also means that you have very clear and fond memories of finally getting your first oversized, loud, beige colored testament to personal computing. For me, it was a 1993 Compaq Presario and countless hours spent on local pre-internet BBSes.

How I Met Your Motherboard, which comes from Jason Bitner, the co-creator of FOUND and creator of Cassette from My Ex, is a place to read and share stories of your first computer and to celebrate a time when computers were “strictly for the nerds.” After all, back before it was a given to be completely in tune with current technology, young computer nerds sacrificed their entire summer and paved the way for the rest of the world. HIMYM is a place to collaboratively tell this story of how that happened and to share your earliest computing memories.

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