Friday, December 9, 2011

My finger used to hurt when I dialled the phone!

My youngest son is 7 weeks old. I was thinking the other day about how different my upbringing was compared to the world he has entered. Feeling a little nostalgic I thought I would put pen to blog.

Then (I was born early 70’s) Now
School Assignments
If we had a school assignment the school would call the local library to ensure that the assignment books could only be loaned for 3 days max. That way everyone had a chance of reading the books. Google it.
School Assignments
As above, but we used to have to use tracing paper to outline and colour in the pictures we were going to use. Google Images.
Phone Big phone with a round plastic dialling button. Lots of Zero’s sucked as it hurt your finger when you went around the whole way and hit the metal piece. For the kids it looked like this : link I’m skyping from my tablet.
Tablet Was the dosage pharmaceutical companies used for how humans took a drug. It’s not a computer but it is. It is also “magical”.
Flying on an aeroplane This was a BIG DEAL back then. My parents actually bought me a suit for the first time I went on a plane. Its a flying bus with seatbelts.
Computer Games We had a ZX Spectrum in the early 80’s. You had to load a tape that took 15min+ to load the game. Play in real time with someone else on the other side of the world.
Portable Computer The first first portable computer I ever used was an Olivetti M21. It weighed about 15KGs. It had a 8MHz CPU and 640Kb of memory My Samsung Galaxy II weighs 116g has a Dual-core 1.2 GHz and up to 32gb internal memory. Specs.
Music Player Something that played a vinyl record or a tape. My phone.
Music Shop A shop that sold vinyl records, tapes and later cd’s. You used to browse the collections by flicking through the collections with your fingers. The internet.
Cars My fathers car had 4 wheels, an engine, a steering wheel and he would fix it by opening the hood and doing things :) My car has wheels, an engine, a steering wheel and when it needs fixing a mechanic opens the hood and then I am required to pay a fee that helps to pay off the debt of a small 3rd world nation.

I appreciate this post is atypical of my normal Execution & Strategy type posts but there is nothing like a little reflection to bring about a smile. I am sure many of you have thought similar things about your past vs present. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.


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