Technology: Then and Now

Hello my name is Meseidy and I am a technology junkie.  This is no joke I am obsessed with technology! Technology has become a part of our everyday lives.  From checking social media to keeping in touch with friend and family to using apps or GPS to get around a new town. It’s hard to think what we did before technology.

The first 10 years of my life happened during the 80s, which is when I think technology was first making it into the mainstream and into our homes. I remember my father staying up late with friends playing Atari and the time we picked up a new Commodore 64.

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I started to reminisce about the technology I grew up with and though I would do a little “Then and Now” comparison to see how far we have come.

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Attending grade school during the 80s I will never forget the site of giant camcorders propped up on the shoulders of dads everywhere. Be it the first day of school or a school play, they would lug these things with them everywhere.  Now we have the convenience of small hand-held digital recorder that can fit in your pocket or purse.  Heck, they are not built into our phones!

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The first laptops were made for commercial or government use.  I think these laptops had a screen that was probably 4 inches wide, not to mention they weight a ton compared to laptops today.  Today the laptop is standard and preferred by most because portability is so important.  In fact, I am writing this post right now on a laptop while sitting in a coffee shop.

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Oh, the Commodore 64 holds a special place in my heart! I remember being 6 or 7 years old, shopping with my mother at the BX (Base Exchange) and picking up a Commodore 64.  I think it was a Christmas present for my dad, but don’t hold me to that, I was a long time ago after all.  I will never forget my dad hooking it up to some rinky-dink 13 inch tv monitor (because it didn’t come with a monitor) and playing and we played an Indiana Jones game. It was the most amazing thing ever! Computers today are much smaller and super slick, some even come with touchscreen options.

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Before the Kinect and before the Wii, Nintendo tried the power glove.  It was the first kind of body motion control.  It was difficult to use and fizzled into oblivion.  It kind of looks like something an astronaut would wear. I never had or got to use the power glove although I did have the gun and played a mean game of duck hunt. We have a Kinect and once in a blue moon you can catch OB and I playing a competitive game of tennis.

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I didn’t get my first cell phone until sometime time in the mid to late 90s when I went off to  college.  By then the phones where much smaller than the brick phone you see here.  In fact I think it was an analog Audiovox with the pull out antenna and everything. Before my cell phone I had a pager and, no I was not a drug dealer.  Everyone in PR had an alphanumeric pager when I was in high school. In fact one of my first jobs was working at a beeper messaging center. I sat in a cubical taking messages, punching in the unit number and typing out messages.  I was a really good typist. Today cellphones and pagers have become one and so much more.  We can now do everything with our phones.  Take calls, text messages, email, find direction, take pictures and more! There is literally and app for everything now.

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I have never seen or touched an Atari touch tablet.  In fact I didn’t even know they existed until I stumbled upon this picture. Apparently it connected your PC and allowed you to create computer graphics.  We can now do the same thing with tablets today and there is not need to connect them to a computer.  Also, tablets have many more capabilities besides just graphics.  toys.jpg

Ok, so animated toys are not something that you traditionally think of in regards to technology.  But, I had to throw it in! I had a Teddy Ruxpin when I was a kid. I will be honest, he was creepy, especially when one of his eyes would get stuck and he looked like he was constantly winking at me. Creeper! Also, he was basically a brick with limbs and a head.  Not even close to a cuddly bear. Much later came Tickle Me Elmo.  He was much more lovable and a touch more cuddly. There was a time I was obsessed with Elmo and yes I was way to old to be obsessed with Elmo. In fact I still have my Elmos. Yes, Elmos…plural. Let’s just keep that between us.

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