Does anyone remember computer shows? It was the place you could go to meet other likeminded computer nerds and vendors who sold you hardware at prices lower than what you could readily purchase elsewhere. When I was 12 my pop would take us down to Pomona to the Fairplex. It was in two giant hangars and there a lot... a lot... of sweaty old men there. But never mind that!
We might purchase some RAM or I remember we would always have to go to different tables to compare prices for CPUs and stuff. Remember when it was amd and intel and cyrix? I remember once he spent 30 bucks for 8 megs of ram so I could play Quake shareware when it first came out. Because it needed 8 megs. I remember too that once we got like, the cyrix 686 cpu which ran at like 75 mHz or something, and it was 'sooo' fast! Or like my pop once bought a 4x cd-rom drive, and I got all excited because we could play doom 2 directly off of the cd!
It was at the point where it was worth the 6 bucks for parking, because every time you went you knew you were gonna get something good, and my dad would give me his 'old' stuff, which meant an upgrade for me! =)
Anyways... so yeah the internet sort of ruined all that for us. Boo... but remember?