Friday, February 10, 2012
The Friday Five
This week's Friday Five is:
Five pieces of technology that have changed the way we live, and have all come into common use in my lifetime.
1. Computers. My dad bought a Tandy computer when I was a kid. It had a cassette drive, and we spent hours writing code for it, debugging the code we wrote, and sitting back amazed when our pages and pages of input code made the computer do something amazing like count to ten.
2. Cell phones. In the 80's came the cordless phone. It looked not unlike a Vietnam radio pack. Now we have more computing power in a smart phone than NASA had with the first Apollo Moonwalk.
3. Microwave oven. The first one my dad bought was about the size of a Volkswagen. He couldn't believe you could cook a corn dog in just :45 seconds, so he set the microwave for five minutes. Charred beef jerky dogs.
4. Flat Screen TV's. The first tv I can remember was a huge piece of furniture. Built into a console with a fake drawer underneath and speakers on the sides covered in maroon fabric and fake wood lattice. And we were cool. we had a remote control. With three. Count em. THREE buttons. Channel, Volume, and On/Off. Now we have LCD, LED, Plasma, Projection, Enormous tv's.
5. GPS. I LOVE my GPS unit. Plug in the address and it gives me turn-by-turn directions. No more trying to pick out the best route on my State Farm/Rand McNally atlas. No more driving around neighborhoods looking for a house.
So, what piece of technology that has been invented since you were born that has changed the way you live?