A couple of days ago we were reading that Microsoft is celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 4. It caught our attention of how quickly time passes, the immense leaps in all sorts of technology.
Then it sort of comes back home, and the thought of how did we get started with all this stuff?
Using transistors to build a capacitive discharge ignition system for a car, mounting it inside the car under the dash to protect the circuitry from the elements. Testing ti on a distributor machine, with worn out ignition points.
Today's ignition system are a quantum leap from a capacitive discharge system.
It all started about 30 years ago, when a portable cell phone was the size of an attache case, with a coiled cord to the handset. They were installed in the trunk of a car, and the dial pad was on the handset.
Limited number of "cells",and calling ability. Today cell towers are all over the place.
The Motorola shoe phone was revolutionary, the Motorola Star Tac was a revelation at the time.
What do we use? A variety of iPhones from 4 to 6.
If you remember the early PC's from 30 years ago with a 5 1/2 inch floppies, and having start up floppies to boot up the PC on MS-DOS. Yes you are of a certain age. Limited software with Lotus 123 being the workhorse of the day.
Laptops were the size of an attache case.
Its come a long way...similar to the usage of computers in cars.
As an aside the concept of digital computers started with Alan Turing.
Dial up modems were the order of the day 20 years ago, with 56K being the fast connection. You probably used Netscape, and downloading IE required several hours. You had an e-mail address with few folks to communicate through e-mail.
Video was out of the question.
Today we run connections that are thousands of times faster, with seamless WiFi compared to the old routers.
Back in the day, broadband was on the horizon somewhere.
We jump from PC, to laptop, to tablet, to phone with a multitude of variations.
We use, a PC with a huge screen, laptops, iPad, and iPhones.
Most folks expect the connectivity of the home transferred to the car.