I normally don’t enjoy these kinds of things, but I really liked
this:

www.decafbad.com/blog/geek/newly\_digital.html

I started out with a Commodore 64 myself. I still remember the weird feeling I had when I ran "Eliza" for the first time. It was magical and kind of spooky. I may have actually thought I was talking to an intelligent being. I spent an embarrassingly large amount of time in front of that program. I guess Eliza wasn’t nearly as mean as the kids at school—nor did it seem to be much less intelligent. :)