Text me this...?
February 12, 2010 6:35am CST
I was just contemplating the other day about how far we've come with the advances we've made in technology over the past 30 years or so. Back then, computers were as big as houses...no one had one in their home, for one thing...and screens could only produce a text. How we were so happy to see the arrival of the graphical interface! And where has it lead us to today? Back to...wait for it........texting. To me, it seems kind of odd that we'd opt for this form of application once a gain, what with smart phones and the like. How about you? What do you think? cdrxo
13 Feb 10
It sounds like you witnessed some pretty interesting technological advancements in your life time- The personal computer, The microwave oven, The television....black white then colour. Then the wheel!!!!! You are right about how lucky we are for every thing we got the graphical interface! plus the cellphones I am so lucky that I was born to see all of this and to know what they can do for the pateints in hospitals as well. It is a very good discussion.. cd
13 Feb 10
Oh you are funny, aren't you? The wheel. Yup. I'm with you. We are soooooo lucky to be living in this era. Just imagine what our grandchildren will experience by the time they reach our age. They think life is easy now! Gee, and it seems like it was only yesterday that I was carving your name on a tree. My, how far we've come! cdrxo
14 Feb 10
I just can guess how many trees that you carving with your name on it. You are sooooooo right about us living in this era. I just imagine what it be like by the time they hit our age and what it be like. They well laugh at the type of computers we use today and say yuk how big and ugly and the TVs They even will travel in what we call space car which is great. I didn't say you're getting "OLD" cd
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12 Feb 10
I was just thinking about my first two computers a week or so ago. They had no hard drive! My first computer with a hard drive had only 2 mb of space! Ah, technology! Personally, I'd like to see less technology. More precisely, technology only where it does the most good, such as in medicine. Cell phones are too complicated for me these days. Oh, and I don't text! I believe a phone should be for talking. Texting should be done on computers. Then, there's the putting computers into everything that I can see causing more problems than they're worth. Things like automobiles are becoming fully computerized. That means that one minor glitch in it's computer system and it won't run. The "easier" something becomes to use because of technology, the more things can go wrong. That's my opinion, anyway. But, coming back to the older ways is nothing new. I see it in gardening, of all places. Long ago, we had our plain ol' tomatoes, brussel sprouts, eggplants, etc.; all very simple. Then, they started enhancing them with vitamins, different colors, making them "new and improved". Now, the plain old tomatoes and eggplants that we grew up on are called "heirloom" and are quite popular. Go figure! Maybe phones will become phones once again. I saw the tiniest computer yet... just a smidgen larger than a typical cell phone. (Of course, this miniscule computer has phone capabilities.) Once the high pricetag of these tiny computers comes down to a more realistic level, I see them being used in place of texting on cell phones. People will be doing exactly as they are right now... texting... but they'll be doing it on a computer instead of a cell phone. You know, I've thought about all these "young-uns" doing all this texting on cell phones. I can see them 10 or 20 years from now, complaining about the arthritis or tendonitis in their thumbs.
13 Feb 10
Actually, I'm quite happy with the way technology has progressed. It's a learning curve that we'll ALL have to get used to eventually, I'm afraid. Last summer, my girlfriend was cleaning out her basement. She had stuff down there that was left to her from her mom's place after her passing. My girlfriend brings up a box to me and says: "Can we use these?" I took a look inside, and to my surprise...found 10 spanking brand new, IBM 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" Double Density Diskettes! Naturally I laughed and said: "Heh, you'd need an old text screen IBM computer to run them on. Do you have any idea as to how OLD these floppys are?" She says: "Sure...and do you know that I DO have the IBM computer downstairs that goes with them too...and that it still works?" Well at least I know where to go if this baby ever kicks out! I agree with you about cell phones...WAY too much tech going on for my liking. Doesn't anybody just use a phone to TALK with anymore? Sheesh! And you're correct about the tendinitis thingy too. I've brought up that very same question myself, to a bunch of kids I know that are constantly..."twiddling their thumbs". Doctors will have a new word for it as well....."Sorry my dear, it seems that you've over worked your median muscles, and developed a case of Tennis Thumbs!" Now, the car idea? Heck I'm all for it. I've been in love with K.I.T.T. ever since I first laid eyes on it back in 1983. It was also the reason why I bought a Trans Am just like it, and began to modify mine in the same way. (Nowadays, you can buy one already converted, for around $80,000.00 U.S.---Go figure.) And here's another little ditty: Musically, besides playing keyboards and guitar, I'm actually one of those old rock drummers from the Hippie era. However, I don't have my own set anymore, and space is tight to begin with...so for my home studio set-up, yesterday I went and purchased a new digital drum machine. I gotta tell ya, it even puts ME to shame! This thing sounds so virtually "real", that I can't tell the difference. Medicine? Yes! I agree with you fully. It's absolutely amazing what they can accomplish these days, with such extraordinary devices, never dreamed possible before. I think it's fantastic. What gets me though, is how the kids of today are so lucky, in that they've basically been born into this new age of technology, and more or less, just take it all in stride. If you tell them what WE had to deal with way back when...and how WE were the ones who pushed technology to the point of making their lives simpler...they won't believe you...or that things weren't that bad back then, and..."What? Didn't you guys have this stuff too when you were my age?" Heh, we should be so lucky! And you know what? In this day and age...we most certainly are. cdrxo