Monday, December 22, 2008

My First Computer

By now, I had my first computer. It was a hand-me-down with Windows 95 and an eight-inch screen. Everybody else was in heat over Windows 98 by then, but I was mighty proud of my new toy. I even had the disk and could register my copy. I still didn't have Internet, but I spent many happy days playing with Paintbrush, resetting my Wallpaper, and messing with the control panel. Need I tell you how many times I went into panic mode over some mystical Windows error message? The most terrifying one back then was the warning that I had done an "illegal operation." I had no idea what I had done, but having the application growl and promptly close each time left me feeling properly admonished. Was I a hacker? An accidental hacker? I felt like that blonde moll in the comic strips, who pulled the tag out of the pillow: "Do not remove under penalty of law!" I was looking over my shoulder for the cops every minute. But having a computer meant that I could work on my Bugbones logo at home.

Oh, the perils of Bugbones...

Bugbones: Thinking of a Logo...

I had my free site and a name. Now I needed a logo for Bugbones. Believe it or not, I first fixated on the idea of my old friend Bugbones, the creepy little skeleton guy. Maybe I was retreating from the challenging tech world back into the relatively safe world of my childhood. Nah, really... I just liked the little guy. It soon became obvious that the little booger just wouldn't do. For one thing, the eight-by-one-inch banner was the standard of the day. The importance of having one was gospel, said whoever wrote the Web Bible. For one thing, it could be used as a banner ad. B-a-an-ner! (You had to have one. Or be stupid.) Well, try as I might, I couldn't make Bugbones into a banner. I couldn't crop him, crunch him, squeeze him, or mash him into shape.

Oh, the perils of Bugbones...