A long, long time ago, BC (Before Computers), in galaxies far away (Houston), I worked as an environmental specialist in industry. Later, I began my second career at an environment, health, and safety (EH&S) management consulting company. In the mid- 1980s, someone “discovered” the personal computer (PC). The only people lucky enough to have PCs were the company bookkeeper, the chief financial officer, and the person who ran air dispersion models—it was thought that PCs made engineers, scientists, and MBAs look too much like clerks. However, it was not too long until IBM, Microsoft, and Apple let other companies build replicas of the PC—send in the clones!—and I was lucky to acquire one of only two IBM clones in the company.
My relationship with the PC was good. I taught myself lots of things. I found value in using the computer to manage projects using simple spreadsheets and written documents.