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|Starbird image via bugeyedmonster.com|
|Apple II image via apl2bits.net|
|Macintosh image via University of Akron|
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2000 came along and our technology infrastructure didn't collapse. That doesn't mean it wasn't a serious issue with endless possible problems, it just means we did a very good job of fixing the problem before it happened. Cell phones got smaller yet, fitting in a pocket. High speed internet access areas got bigger. Available speeds got faster. We built a space station, and have had people on it continuously for a decade. The shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry, killing seven more of our astronauts. We still haven't gone back to the moon, and I think India and China will prove more driven to make the next major accomplishments in space than we will. Cars got smarter and safer. Airbags and anti-lock brakes are common now, rather than pricey extras. Engines got computerized to increase mileage. There are now dozens of processors in a modern car, possibly more than you have in your home. Computers are faster than ever. And smaller. We went from portable notebooks to tiny netbooks to thin tablets and smartphones. The phone in your pocket now is vastly more powerful than the IBM PC of the 80's or even the PC clones of the 90's. And it's got a faster network connection. Genealogy data and vital records have been digitized and placed online in enormous quantities. What used to require extensive travel and money can now largely be done from your armchair. We are a connected, technological society.
How have you been affected by the pace of technological change? What are your fond memories of old technology? Let's discuss it in the comments below!
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