... this weekend, we bought a new printer. This new printer is all wireless, can surf the net right from it, has pretty colors, and will probably cook dinner if I can figure out how to program it.
And it brought back a flood of technology memories.
Our first computer, the one for which we had to take out a loan, was a screaming machine - a 386 clone with 4 mb of RAM. (megabytes not gigabytes, for the record) and an $800 printer that printed in black and white a rocking 8 pages a minute AND it printed envelopes. We had a 28,8 baud modem. And we had advanced to 3 1/2 inch floppy discs. Just wow.
Fast forward a few years and this printer? Dang, this is faster than my first machine. I can surf on it. Print pictures from facebook to the printer. All wireless. In preparing for the new printer, I sorted through some older stuff ... culling the old to make way for the new. Throwing away a 512k SD card, a card that can't hold even ONE picture taken from any of my Nikon cameras.
It's crazy how much technology has improved in the last few years. I love it all. But I am holding on to one piece of older technology, not quite ready to jettison my iPod Classic.
A recent article on the relevance of the iPod classic caught my attention. While I appreciate Apple's decision to move away from the classic, I disagree. I love my iPod classic - I love it because I have over 60 gbs of music, a slew of audio books, and a gazillion podcasts. Doesn't need the internet or wireless and should I happen to be somewhere without wifi, a cell signal, or Sirius XM, I have a solid backup. Should cable go down and I lose Pandora, I have enough Brian Eno or George Winston or Joy Division to last the evening. This is one piece of technology that I will hang on to for quite some time.
A few steps forward and loving all the new and one toe still solidly planted in 2007. It works.