Saturday, June 19, 2010

Meme: Technology during Your Life Span at 10-year Intervals....

Xtreme English posted a fun meme to her blog. She's posted

" in 10-year intervals as I experienced it over my life span."

In other words, she has posted the most personally significant developments in technology in her first ten years of life, her second, and so on. So I'm going to play too:

1st 10 years: colour television, evolution from reel-to-reel and albums to 8-tracks (your personal music in your car!)

2nd 10 years: VHS players; earliest home computers (we had a ColecoVision), push-button telephones, evolution from 8-tracks to cassettes (you could pick the song you wanted to hear!)

3rd 10 years: cellphones, real personal computers, typewriters replaced by word processing, desktop publishing, first social networking (BBSes), evolution from cassettes to CDs (they didn't get tangled in the machine!)

4th 10 years: Evolution from VHS to DVDs, laptops, blogging

5th 10 years: Web 2.0, HD television, netbooks, Blackberry, Twitter, FaceBook, internet on cellphones, individual entertainment systems on airplanes (sure cut down on those 4-5 hour flights to Regina...)

Of course I'll remember 10 things that were hugely important to me at the time as soon as I post this :) But that's what comment sections are for. Anyway, it was fun to think about.



Blogger ronnie said...

Just remembered another big change I saw in my 4th decade: AIDS went from being an automatic death sentence to a manageable but deadly disease. Having come of age during the age of AIDS, that was huge. Not so much technology in the sense of interwebs and flat-screen TVs, but a huge scientific breakthrough.

8:05 p.m.  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

I'm tempted to do something like, "First ten years: fire; next six decades: advances in firefighting techniques," but I'll play more seriously.

I'll restrict mine to space science:

1st decade (just barely squeezes in): artificial satellites.

2nd decade: first interplanetary spaceprobes.

3rd decade: Men on the Moon.

4th decade: Voyager.

5th decade: the Hubble Space Telescope

6th decade: Second wave of interplanetary exploration matures (Huygens European Space Agency probe lands on Titan, Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers exceed their designed operating lifetime by many years, ultra-high resolution orbiting imagers at Mars, etc, etc.)

7th decade: the United States retreats from spaceflight. :-(

12:11 a.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

Hell's Kitchen, M.E. just emailed me to point out I hadn't put acquiring (or for that matter, the much earlier invention of) the C.I. on my list. Some of the most dramatic are so intimately intertwined with our lives we forget them...

8:54 p.m.  
Blogger Xtreme English said...

Sherwood: fascinating! astronomers think of space while housewives think of automatic washers. we should make a big chart when this is done.

also, happy birthday! it was either yesterday or today, that much i know. same as my youngest granddaughter's, but i'm never sure which day is hers, either.

11:04 a.m.  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

That's ok, ME. I'll just take both of them.

6:22 p.m.  

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