I don’t know about you but I’m a bit of a technology fan. I love the latest gadgets and gizmos, even though lots of them I can’t afford and even if I could I would have little use for. There were no computers around when I went to school, at least, none that I was aware of. We used pen, ink and paper and everybody did at that time. People wrote letters to each other and posted them to be delivered at some time in the future.It was delightful to receive a letter (Except for bills, of course).
After using normal typewriters, where any errors in the text had to be corrected by applying a white correction fluid and then over-typing it, I bought my first custom word processing machine which was a revelation. This allowed me the freedom to type a full line of text, then read the line, which was displayed in a small window before it was printed. Any mistakes could be corrected before it transferred to the paper.
My first computer was a Commodore 64. It was really my sons birthday present and when he showed me how to use it (He was nine!) and I was hooked. It was absolutely ‘state of the art’ then. The programs were all held on floppy discs and included games and various software packages for word processing and spreadsheets. I had great fun with it and finally bought one for myself, as I was too impatient to wait for him to go to sleep and allow me the time to use his.
I later progressed to having a few games consuls, Sega Saturn and Sony Playstation and eventually I graduated to the very latest personal computer. It had a massive 33 mb hard drive. No Gigabyte’s yet. It was connected to the internet via AOL dial-up and I usually downloaded music overnight because:
a. It was really slow and took hours to download and album
b. No one could get through on the phone when I was connected.
I had some frustrating nights waiting for the downloads to finish. The internet and its connection speed has come a long way since those days. As have the gadgets we use to connect to it. I now use a lap top computer because it’s convenient, portable, fast and has huge storage capacity.
A few months ago I bought a Kindle Fire HD e-reader but now I find I use it for email and internet. I’ve just found the WordPress app so I will probably try a post directly from this at some time in the future.
I wonder what we will be using in ten years time?
I can’t keep up with the changing technology. I only recently broke down and purchased a Kindle Paperwhite. I still prefer the paper books, but I like the prices of e-books. I remember using a mimeograph machine back in the 80’s to make copies. What a mess, the ink went everywhere. 🙂 Good to see you, Steve!