What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood? What types of technology to you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid?
I'm going to change this up a little bit and write about the most profound technological advance in my lifetime - so far. Hands down, that would be the development of the personal computer. I can remember keypunching cards in college (and in a summer job with the data processing department at American General Life Insurance Company, where my dad worked), and typing lots of papers and college organization newsletters on an (electric!) typewriter.
That all changed (for me at least) in 1984. I was working for the City of Corpus Christi (and Mark) then, and he sent me to a presentation to learn more about the Apple Lisa computer. I was hooked, but the price tag at the time (about $10K!) made getting one out of the question (for home or work). Later, though, our office did acquire an IBM PC, and part of my job was to test software and look for ways we could use it in our work. I was a beta tester for WordPerfect 4.0, one of the earliest word processors for personal computers. I also used spreadsheet applications like VisiCalc and Microsoft Multiplan (the precursor to Excel), and came up with some models that we actually used, for example, to forecast water revenues under different rate scenarios, and allocate data processing expenditures.
|Lisa by atmasphere - Jonathan Greene|
|Macintosh 128 by Ian Muttoo|
Here's an interesting article that relates to this topic: Generations and Their Gadgets.
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