Doc Mario, I kinda feel you... but not completely since you have a good decade+ on me. Commodores were weening out when I was growing up, but I did learn to program BASIC on a TSR-80 back in the day. These new kids have it made. I remember trying to make a cartoon when I was 15 on Corel Move... which was a SHITTY piece of software, and really... in 1995.
Even trying to host a website, learning HTML in '95-'96 was tough. Internet was basically AOL, and you could program on their user pages. Not many common people even knew what a hosting company or ISP was, or how it worked. The internet was basically for IMing and Chat rooms. If you wanted to research something, you just popped in your latest Encarda Encyclopedia CD.
I remember the first time I saw on a bag of Doritos "Visit us on our website, www.Doritos.com" I thought to myself "Why in the world does Doritos need a website? Just so we can order Doritos online or something?"
It didn't make sense that they needed a website.
Now, everyone has a website (or at least a social networking page)
So, you could program.. 5000 lines for what would basically be Centipede.. but couldn't really publish anything..
You could animate.. it would take FOREVER, and you could never really publish anything...
The internet was for typing to people... (Which, oddly is what we're using it for right this second)
As far as cats on Keyboards.
I have two grown and just got a kitten on Friday. The two grown ones love to walk and lay on me and the girl's laptops, and many a times in the morning I'll awaken to find they're trying to find a file named sDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDSDLK on my hard drive, unsuccessfully.