When I was 12 years old, my dad bought our family our first computer. It was the fastest computer Costco sold. The Compaq 386 ran at a speed of 16 MHz and had a 40 MB hard drive. The sales associate at Costco told my dad that he would never be able to fill such a massive hard drive. I will never forget that day because it was exciting to be going home with a new computer. Maybe not so much for my dad though since it cost him nearly $3,500.00.
This was the beginning of computers and technology for me. And now today, almost 30 years later, many things have changed in the computer and technology world. We’ve gone from megabytes to gigabytes to terabytes almost over night.
And every year at Christmas, watching the hustle and bustle of crazy shoppers, I can’t help but think about that Compaq 386 and how on Christmas morning many people will unwrap their gifts. Oh the excitement of it all, but eventually the novelty will wear off. The gift that was once so precious will end up techno trash or handed off to someone else. A newer version of your latest gadget will arrive that has more megapixels, or is smaller, or faster, or has better battery life. In time, your Christmas gifts will mostly be forgotten, but technology is not going away any time soon.
I’ve decided to start this blog because I enjoy reading and writing about social media, cybersecurity, Internet policy, and the history of communications. Stay tune, there’s lots more to come.