Saturday, January 15, 2011

All I can say is...

...WOW.

I owned my first computer in 1985. It was a Tandy 1000 from Radio Shack... yes they sold computers at one time. It had an Intel 8088 processor, 640 k of ram and dual 5 1/4 floppy drives...it was a beast.
To put things in perspective, as far as the world of computing power goes that Tandy computer had 8 times more processing power then the computers used in the Apollo missions guidance computers. A good mental image would be Christopher Columbus crossing the Atlantic in The QE2!

So why am I rambling about my past computer and why are you still reading this? Well both of feel that there is a point to all this...and there is.

When I first got my Tandy there was no publicly available Internet and BBS systems were in their infancy. I never would have imagined how far and how powerful that monolithic PC would evolve.
Today I own an iPhone and I am still blown away by its capabilities. I have in the palm of my hand everything I had in that old Tandy except its light years more advanced and wickedly faster then the 20 lb white elephant I used to have on my desk. The Internet is now accessible at SR-71 speeds compared to a 1200 baud modem. There are 1000's of apps and software packages that I can use that do everything from communication to word processing to games and they're in more then 16 colors!
I am totally mobile now. Everything I need is a touch of my finger away and it keeps getting better and faster. Mobile is taking over this world quickly because of smartphones and the new tablets that are now on the market. Like never before people are able to stay in touch and gather real time information at a moments notice.
I am happy to be young enough to experience the birth of the personal computer and yet still young enough to see that it has a long life ahead which I will also get to experience. I can't wait to see what the next 10 years holds and what we will consider dinosaurs of the computing age.

Soon my iPhone will be the same as my Tandy 1000.

-Erik G.