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elder days

elder days: n. The heroic age of hackerdom (roughly, pre-1980); the
   era of the PDP-10, TECO, ITS, and the ARPANET.  This
   term has been rather consciously adopted from J. R. R. Tolkien's
   fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings".  Compare Iron Age;
   see also elvish and Great Worm, the.