A look at the past

pastAt the end of the year, I tend to be more nostalgic. I’m not sure why I got the idea to think about the past, but here we are.My generation is probably the last one to remember life without technology.

When growing up most in my neighborhood had only one television, and the idea of a remote control was the youngest in the room to turn the channel manually. Or how many remember that when the phone rang you never knew who was calling unless you answered it and had to be no further than 3 feet from the base. Wireless phones were on the horizon, but not anywhere near mainstream. Much less a phone that you would carry with you to be in constant contact with the world, and the only way that someone could find you would be to call around to all the places you normally frequented in hopes of finding you.

I remember a world where if you wanted to play a video game, you had to go to a video arcade. We never thought of having a video game system or a personal computer in your home. A mention of a video arcade to a child today would illicit some of the oddest looks you will ever see.

Most people don’t realize how the tech world has evolved in such a short amount of time. In fact did you know that the time from the first flight at Kitty hawk until the moon landing was only 57 years. Let that sink in for a second. Now let’s even go more recent. How about the space shuttle (which was awesome in its own right), had LESS processing power than the phone in your pocket. Speaking of cell phones, that is one technology that evolved quicker than most others. If you cab remember back to the first “car phones”, they had to have a special antenna and the handset looked like the Bakelite phone you had in your house, where nothing could be further than from the current iteration of cell phones that are in use today.

With the exception of computers and cell phones, it looks like once a device is invented, it gets “tweaked” a bit, then it hits a plateau, we have seen this with “landline” telephones and televisions. It has only been in the past few years that the television itself had really changed with the use of high definition.

While we are on the subject of television, there was the evolution from the Betamax to VHS to DVD to Blu-Ray. Speaking of evolutions how about the music industry. From records to 8-tracks to cassettes. Or in the portable world transistor radios to cassette walkmans, to portable CD players to MP3 Players, to iPods. The thing that feels so weird to me is all of these advances occurred during my lifetime. My children would vaguely remember the era of cassette tapes, where my grandchildren will know only of the world where MP3’s were the music medium.

I’m not even going to get into the computer world where a computer was the size of a room and shipped by a tractor trailer, to more powerful computer that fits in your pocket. (cell phone). I could go on and on about this, and it should be a conversation for a later time. I wanted to concentrate on the everyday technology in every household rather than focus only on the computer information.

This article was my trip down memory lane. What evolutions do you remember.

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