I was watching ‘That’s so Last Century‘ last night with the bloke.
It was covering gadgets from the last few decades – gadgets that I grew up with.
I really enjoyed this program, but it made us both feel old. Which is interesting in itself, since I don’t think that the bloke and I, both being in our 30’s, are actually old.
It’s both wonderful and frightening how quickly technology is moving on. We reminisced about always keeping a biro handy to wind our cassettes back in. This also left me with the pet theory that the biro case is the shape it is for the sole purpose of winding cassettes back up.
Another thing that we considered is how small children won’t actually know what a floppy disc – and certainly won’t know why the generic save icon is a picture of a floppy disc. They just know it as the save icon.
Walkman, 5 1/2″ floppy discs, VCRs, BBC Micro. These are things that are now right at home in a computing museum. In the grand scheme of things, they aren’t that old.
I do miss some things about the older ways of doing things that were covered in the TV show – making mix tapes, the excitement of sitting at the single computer in the classroom (which was always on a trolley) to play a game called ‘Granny’s Garden’. The very first time I used the internet was in high school. That was only about 18 years ago.
I couldn’t imagine being without the internet now. It just makes everything so much easier. But back then, I would never have conceived that I would be sitting here, writing a ‘blog’, and sharing my thoughts worldwide.
It’s awesome. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years will bring. Actually, with the pace of change, I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years will bring.