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  •  Yes, it was a fascinating time. I used to say... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... (repeating others) that computers wouldn't be really mainstream until they were as reliable as telephones! In those days, phones Just Worked but you had to be an expert to use a PC.

    Of course, part of the reason phones were so reliable was because they didn't do much! I think we've made huge strides toward computers (in certain form factors) being as reliable as phones, but only because phones are now so very much more complex!

    And of course, the distinction between "phone" and "computer" has largely changed from distinction of function to a distinction of form factor. If it fits in your shirt pocket, it's a phone, as it gets larger it's a tablet or a PC or a workstation, but ALL of them are connected to the network.

    The ubiquitous fixed phone network massively changed the world and how we interact with each other. The ubiquitous mobile phone network is, in my view, an even larger change.

    I also get nostalgic about the old days. But I wouldn't go back. It's like when I told a high school kid that I used to do 8080 assembly language programming. He looked impressed & said he'd never done that. I replied, "why would you want to?" They were fun days, but I wouldn't trade them for the better computers & communication we have now.

    Peace & Happy New Year,
    TheMeansAreTheEnd

    •  You are wise! (0+ / 0-)

      From the technology standpoint, I would not go back either.  Things are better these days.  From an emotional standpoint, if I could be of the untroubled heart that I had in 1978 I would go back in a New York minute!

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I do not believe in anything.

      by Translator on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 03:58:51 AM PST

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