Back to the Future?
I bet most of you have seen the ‘80s Back to the Future trilogy. Back then it had
great special effects, hi-tech equipment, impressive cars and tricks, but there was also a great theme in which the main hero goes back to the past…
You might be wondering how does it relate to avast! antivirus? Well all of us have a bit of nostalgia for the past, a time when we didn’t use PCs and there were no viruses.
So, the other day I asked my colleagues in our marketing/PR department: do you remember your first PC or the first virus you caught?
I was surprised what kind of discussion it has opened and how excited everyone was about it. So here we go (in alphabetical order):
Jason – Copywriter
First real computer I ever used (at school): Commodore 64 (circa 1986-7) with a cassette-tape drive.
First real computer I actually owned was an HP desktop I bought in 1997 (with Windows 95 and McAfee antivirus (avast! engine!!)). I had it until 2002, when I upgraded to a Gateway desktop with Windows XP, which I think came with Symantec/Norton(?)… which I did not renew, instead using free antivirus software (ZoneAlarm, AVG, avast!) from then on.
Milos – Marketing Director
I was a poor kid from a poor village. No computers. Just socialism. Left and right… everywhere you looked. Firsthand experience was the computer lab at school when I lived for a while in Modesto, California, in 1992/1993. PC, Macs and – listen carefully – Amiga.
I hated Mac because the only way to get the floppy disk out was through the software-eject button. So when it crashed – and it was crashing all the time – your disk was in there and impossible to get out.
The PC on the other hand was excellent.
And of course the Amiga… I learned how to animate and draw on it. It was THE computer for graphics!
Mirek – Brand Manager
And then the Nintendo console.. and then the real PC.
Vladimir – Traffic Manager
The computer was multifunctional. This machine not only performed as a PC, but could also boil water for coffee or tea, or could serve as a heating element.
At home I used a Czeck clone of the ZX spectrum: Didaktik Gama – however, you couldn’t boil water for tea with it.
(Me) Julia – Community Manager
We had an Atari XE without any OS, so whenever we wanted to stat it up, we had to insert a floppy and after a long struggle accompaniedwith strange sounds trrr, trrr,
trrrr, bip, bip, bip, it ended up with the message: “Disk error”.
The best story came from Zuzka – Collateral Manager.
I caught my first virus during my
, first year working for AVAST. I was very curious what was in an attached document in an interesting email from Peru . When I opened the document, my computer crashed.
I got big laughs from both Eda and Pavel (the founders of AVAST Software) and then Pavel brought an avast! BART CD (now called avast! Rescue Disc) and rescued my computer.
What about you? What was your first PC or first virus you caught? Tell us your story, and we look forward to reading your comments!