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How Long Have YOU Owned A Computer? Remember Your First one?

How long have you owned a computer?

How long have YOU been on the Internet?

I was commenting on posts this morning and ran across one by Tammy Lankford. She had been online for ten years! That's exactly how long I have too!

ChameleonMy motivation was to build a website for my art business. LIZETTE.COM

Many of my readers don't know that I am also a self taught professional artist. My start was designing PTA covers in grade school.

I wanted an online gallery to display my new "Faces Collection" paintings.

It would be the place I could send prospective gallery owners that wanted to take a look at what I could create.

I wasn't really interested in selling straight from the website just a virtual gallery.

The new computer was from Comp USA and a friend that worked there helped me put it all together.

"Free" Net Zero was my dial up provider. Then we loaded on Frontpage to get started on the website. 

Together, we designed the first website. I taught myself many new programs too. I was totally addicted to my new toy.

Now 10 years and a few upgraded websites later it's time to design a new art website. Also time to design a new collection. 

I'm not sure I have as much time to put it all together, so I might have to hire a teenage geek to get it done properly.

Maybe I'll advertise on Craigslist for someone. They could build it much faster than I could. There are so many new ideas that I haven't seen yet that they might know about.

Lizette Fitzpatrick- Baby Boomer Real Estate Relocation Specialist with Prudential Don Foster in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Comment balloon 35 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • October 19 2008 08:36AM


OMG, Lizette!  I visited your site and your paintings are STUNNING!  Absolutely beautiful!  I remember my first computer too - funny thing is that my 8 year old could probably do a better job now than me at putting one together and teaching ME to use it!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) almost 10 years ago

Hi LIzette.  I do remember my first computer.  My mom bought it for me for school & it was very antiquated (now) but with the times back then.  I got on AOL when they had limited times for the internet.  funny.  I love your paintings, I just checked out


Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - almost 10 years ago

Well, my first computer didnt have a mouse.  I dont remember what year that was but it was maybe 91 or 92, and I was in the Army and it was my work computer.

My first person computer at home was awesome, and the internet too!  I used to stay up all night chatting, and then when the alarm went off I would go to P.T. without any sleep.  I dont do that anymore!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane....


Posted by Ed Cheek (Cheek One Properties, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Leesa - Thank you! I know the kids these days are way past what little I can do.

Kristin - Didn't we think dial up was fast! LOL I didn't ever join AOL...I thought I was a rebel. Thanks for checking out my art.

Ed - I did some chatting when i first got mine too. I stopped pretty fast after I realized there were some creepy people in the chat rooms.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 10 years ago

I started working on a commodore 64 and learned how to program in basic when I was about 9 or so.

Posted by Shane OnullGorman, Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell (Eau Claire Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Ahhh, so we have met!  LOL

J/K.....(maybe).... you are right there were lots of creepy people and definitly no future in it!

Have a great day!

Posted by Ed Cheek (Cheek One Properties, LLC) almost 10 years ago


There was no such thing as a PC when I went to college.....(I road to college on my dinosaur).  We used punch cards on a "computer" that was as large as a side by side refrigerator.....I started real estate in 16% interest rates and there was no such thing as a pc, laptop, internet, cell phone, etc. I am not sure we even had fax as of yet......

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida (DR Horton ) almost 10 years ago

Lizette, I remember the first computer I owned was a Tandy from Radio Shack and that was 1989!  The Internet wasn't here yet!

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) almost 10 years ago

My first Pc was a 386 . I guess we have been on line for about 8 years. Hard to believe. Congrats to you and a great site

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( almost 10 years ago

I remember my first computer that I personally owned.  I was a sophomore in college back in 1995.  I was in a computer class and it was just easier to have my own instead of scheduling around lab time.  THat's when I learned how to get on the internet through "Telnet", before Netscape and Yahoo and Google search engines...  Fun fun fun!  I can't believe that's been 13 years!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 10 years ago

O Ah back in 1993 the first computer was a E-machine and I think the Internet service was Prodigy. Back then computer systems were simple, a monitor, tower, key board and mouse. Today Multi screens, towers, and  keyless almost everything. Wow how time flies. Love your painting.



                                      ~ All the Best      

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) almost 10 years ago

I had a radio shack tandy with the GREEN screen in 1984.  It had big whopping 8" floppy discs.  I had totally forgot about that machine.  If I try real hard I can remember the headaches that stupid green screen gave me.

Thanks for the mention and now I'm off to visit your art.

I love Liberty Girl.  All of them are beautiful, but that was my favorite.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 10 years ago

Very nice! I've had a computer since 1985. They have come a long way.

Posted by LS Rogers Realty (LS Rogers Realty) almost 10 years ago


I am not sure how long ago it was I got my first 'puter.  All I know is you had to boot it up with a floppy disc and I thought it was a wonderful machine.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

Lizette, there's you in your shades :) On the computer  - for me a few more than 10 years ago but #1 was a hand-me-down 'cause I didn't need a computer (my how things change) Comp USA was the first place purchased from though.  again how things change!

I LOVE your artwork  All That Beautiful Color - don't know where you find time!
If you''re revamping a gallery. my cousin in Hawaii is also an artist (surfing art)....I visited his newest online gallery recently and I Like!  if you're just getting ideas at this point... there may be something to inspire there?

Whatever you decide or come up with - it will be awesome, with your artwork! Cheers!


Posted by Teresa Berry almost 10 years ago

Hi Lizette, love your art work... the colors and of course the leopard 'print.' And I remember my first computer and my first nightmare email on AOL!!!  P.S. Do you have any connections at any of the big Thoroughbred farms if I want to come and do a story on their farm?

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 10 years ago

I laugh to thinkof some of my computers.  We've come a long way baby...

Love the glasses!

Posted by Christina Williams. REALTORĀ® TN property search & local insights (First Realty Company) almost 10 years ago

I laugh to thinkof some of my computers.  We've come a long way baby...

Love the glasses!

Posted by Christina Williams. REALTORĀ® TN property search & local insights (First Realty Company) almost 10 years ago

Lizette--We got our first computer as a wedding present from my mother-in-law. She was upgrading for her business. It will be 18 years this next March. We used mostly for resumes and didn't go online. We had lots of kids educational games. My son learned to read at 2 with a software that showed and spoke a word went he hit any key. We went online for the first time just prior to moving up north in 1998....10 years ago this October.

An ARTIST? I had no idea....Some of your work is very Picasso-like! You are a jack...I mean Jill of all trades! :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 10 years ago

Lizette, we got our first computer for the kids and my husband & I in 1990, a Tandy from Radio Shack with one  5 1/2 inch disk drive--- no hard drive, etc.  The Internet wasn't around, but there was some kind of message board type thing using the dial up modem.  Yep, it was a monochrome screen, no mouse.

I even taught kindergarteners some computer skills on very slow computers in 1991. At least they learned keyboarding.

That really wasn't that long ago and what progress!

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) almost 10 years ago

Wow! Some of you guys have had these contraptions for a long time!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 10 years ago

Hey bay-bay save some money and aggravation by doing it yourself through They have something called website tonight which is a user friendly interface you can drag and drop WYSIWYG stuff. For a few bucks more you can add a paypal shoppong cart. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

My first one was, basically, nothing more than a typewriter that I could move things around on. No clue that it would end up more like a TV set.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

I am there with you,  a little over 10 years.   Still typing along, but behind the teenagers and kids I know, for sure.     Gotta love it!


Posted by Connie King almost 10 years ago

Liz - very interesting paintings, I like Golden Animal Girl the best. I detech maybe a bit of Van Gogh/Picasso influence.

My first computer was one that I built and designed for myself out of discrete components and surplus circuit cards from the military. I have been using the internet since the late 70's (when it was still Arpanet), got on AOL in 93 and was one of the very first to buy and sell on Ebay.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 10 years ago

Hi Lizette,

Love the colors in the your painting very vibrant! I do remember my first computer back in 95 hated the thing, just because it was something new and I had to figure it out for myself!! But I have to say I love them now.

Posted by Trace Galle (Designs by Trace) almost 10 years ago

I had a 286 Computer that came with a 40 Mb (yes, Mb) hard drive and 256 k of RAM.  It cost me almost $2000.00 for this state-of-the-art equipment that could play games as high tech as Scrabble, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Hearts.

The "INTERNET" was mostly just dial-up chat boards, and there were no real graphics to speak of.  It's amazing how far we have come since 1990. 

Posted by Scott Owens, REALTOR (Scott Owens Limited) almost 10 years ago

 hi Lizette, great website/paintings, we should organize an AR art exhibit, so much talent floating around here.

 My first PC was an Apple II back in 1984, yes I was a geek before it was cool to be a geek. Got online in 1997 to trade tech stocks for 5 years (a notorious daytrader), got bored with that then I fooled around with paint and in 2002 did the art thing full time, best decision I ever made!

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( almost 10 years ago

Hi Lizette, I cannot even remember, must have been 1991 or 1992. YOUR ART work is fantastic, very cool.. Marti is right, there is so much talent here on AR. God bless,

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging almost 10 years ago

Our first computer was an IBM with no hard drive, just 2 floppy disk drives.  You put the program disk (we used Lotus, back then) in one drive and saved your work on a disk in the second drive.

Of course, it was really sleek, compared with the computers on which my husband learned to program.  They were the size of buildings.  You could always spot the engineering majors, because they were the ones always walking around with a deck of punch cards in their pocket.

If you know what I'm describing, you're definitely in the "older than dirt" crowd.

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

Beautiful artwork Lizette! 

I am a wanna be artist!  I need to get the paints out!

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) almost 10 years ago

I got my first computer in 95 I think that was the Al invented the internet but I can't remember. It had the 8 inch floppies looked like CDs. I think it was even older than a comadore. I sure enjoyed it though.

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) almost 10 years ago

My first computer was not a pc but a main frame.  An IBM 370 which cost millions of dollars, its own air conditioned, raised floor room and a staff to keep it up an running.  Of course this was back in 1974.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTORĀ®, Broker almost 10 years ago

Wow Lizette I am super impressed with you! 1st of all I liked the cartoon picture of you. I want one for me. Then I visited your website and it's fantastic, your site and the work you've done. I do a paintings also. I just wanted to compliment you on all your hard work from real Estate to all your creations! Good for you!

Posted by John Petrone, SFR (ERA Nalbandian) almost 10 years ago

My first computer was a 512 Mac. A single 400K disk slot. You had to switch disks all the time to keep working on something. I remember I once bought a 20MB external hard drive. That was in mid 80's I guess, and have been a Mac/Apple guy since.

I do own a few Dell laptops for work, but I really hate Windows.

Posted by Jack Feldmann (Clayton Inspection Service, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

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