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Then vs. Now: How technology has progressed through the years


written by Chris Bourne

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I may be a young whippersnapping 30 year old born in the 80s, but I still remember the good old days before the interweb, smartphones, twittering and itablet things were all the rage. However, when I think back to my Commodore 64 I suddenly realize how far we have come in such a short space of time.

sales-i has to be thankful to the developments in technology as without it we wouldn’t be here. As a small tribute to the boffins who are constantly innovating and enhancing technology, I’d like to share a few before and after shots of our most used gadgets. Hold on tight, we’re going back in time!

The computer

1980s computer

First of all, I would like to point out that I too had that awful looking joystick for the trusty Commodore 64. This however is how computers used to look in the 1980s. Don’t be scared of the 64kb of RAM either, it was about as frightening as a sleeping puppy.

2014 computer

Now computers are powerful, sleek and more importantly, portable. They’re the workhorse of the business world and the central hub of the household. How could we ever live without them?

The smartphone

1980 phone

Imagine you’re sitting in your local bar with your friends and you get a phone call. If you pulled this monstrosity out of your pocket your friends would makes jokes for the rest of your life! Back in the 80s though, this was technology at its best.

That aerial must have been uncomfortable in your pocket though.

2014 phone

Seriously, how can the latest smartphone have 32,768 times more RAM than my Commodore 64? But it does. The smartphone of today is not so much a phone any more but a PC in your pocket – essential for our everyday tasks (Candy Crush not applicable).

The World Wide Web

1980 web

Unfortunately, websites didn’t make their mark until the early 90s and back then webpages were mainly basic text. Remember when Yahoo! was the king of the search engines?

2014 web

Fast forward to 2014 and there are nearly a billion websites in the world, the Internet is now the place where over 70% of people look to first for their answers. A small company called Google, who is valued at a measly $270 billion dollars, helps this along.

The tablet

Tablets in 1980

In the 80s, tablet devices consisted of pen and paper, and more importantly, the Filofax. Across the world business people would be planning their sales meetings, storing their contacts and keeping all their important information in one place.

Tablets in 2014

Jump to 2014 and we have a multitude of choice ranging from the iPad to the Kindle. Not only have they replaced the trusty Filofax, they’re replacing the computer too.

Social networks

1980s social media

Before Twitter and Facebook, people used to ‘actually’ socialize in places with other people! And get this, they did it outside of the house! Weirdos.

Social media in 2014

Social networks are becoming ingrained in our daily lives. From promoting businesses to arranging a get together with friends and everything in-between. Social networks will only continue to grow in the future.

We’d love to hear your then and now experiences. Share them with us in the comments section below.





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I'm the Marketing Manager here at sales-i and being in marketing I obviously love crayons and of course I have a toy Chewbacca on my desk (fully equipped with the 'Maaaaaarh' noise! I have worked in the technology industry for over 7 years and have a good grasp on what's happening in the industry. I also enjoy* the technical side of software development. *The term 'enjoy' relates to the very few occasions where the techy side actually goes to plan, otherwise replace with the term 'gets frustrated'.

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