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!
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.
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?
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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