Who's got the connection?
July 11, 2009

I remember when the internet was young, and you literally pulled a phone off the hook, and DIALED UP to get connected to the net. In those days the only things on it were business bulletin boards with the occasional game you could download.

Fast forward to today, and those same modems are built into every cell phone. I had a series of calamities with my connection at home the last couple of days in which my router died (it was 8 years old!), and my ethernet adaptor died. Normally this would require me to buy a new router and adaptor and spend hours upon hours setting things up, and taking my PC a part to install a new adapter.

Not so now. Now I can get back online in minutes. In fact, it took me longer to go to the store and buy the router and adapter than it did to set everything back up. The adapter was one I could just slap into a USB port, so no opening my PC there.

Now I'm connected at such a blazingly fast speed that it makes me chuckle to think of the days when I used dial-up. I'm just constantly amazed when I look at where we came from to where we are now. One of my instructors at college worked on the 1st mission to the moon for NASA, and he told me something that still sends chills up my spine:

"You have more processing power in the calculator you've got in your hands right now than the astronauts had in their Lunar Module when they landed on the moon."

Scary stuff.

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honestgamer honestgamer - July 11, 2009 (12:01 PM)
I think about stuff like that too, on occasion. It blows my mind. My first computer that my parents bought me when I graduated high school 11 years ago--so not really all that long--had a massive 20GB hard drive. Massive. Now a Blu-Ray disc has twice that, an iPod Nano has almost half of that in just a little tiny card. Games with significantly more content than N64 cartridges fit on a little DS card. You don't have to look back 50 years to be amazed by how far we've come in the last few years. Just look back 10 or 20 and it's still incredible.
JANUS2 JANUS2 - July 11, 2009 (02:31 PM)
It makes me wonder where we'll be in another 50 years time.

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