There is no doubting that technology over the past couple of decades has advanced in leaps and bounds. Here are three areas where I believe advancements in technology have made a significant impact:
Inexpensive to run, but… the extension cord costs a small fortune!
What a boon to mankind. Now people can easily take photos of… themselves. I wonder where they shove the stick when it’s not being used? Be polite now!
For somewhere between $1200US and $1500US you can purchase a brand new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Wow, what great value. For roughly the same amount of money, you can buy two of the latest new Xbox consoles plus two of the latest new PlayStations. The mind boggles!
Okay, that was all very much tongue-in-cheek, my pitiful attempt at a little humor. Here are the genuine items… or, as we would say in Oz, the fair dinkum items:
#1 Miniaturization – Smartphones
I’m sure many of today’s youngsters would take the smartphone for granted. That is not meant to be in any way critical or derogatory, they have grown up with the technology. However, for this old geezer, the modern-day smartphone is nothing less than a technological marvel.
#2 Computers – The SSD
Over the past couple of years, and particularly during this past year, I have performed many of these upgrades, mostly on older machines running Pentium (or similar) processors with just 4GB of RAM and, in all cases, the results have been mega impressive. To this day, every time I see my next-door neighbor, and sometimes client, he thanks me for his ”brand new” laptop. This was an old Acer laptop running an AMD A4 CPU with 4GB RAM and the improvement in speed and responsiveness was nothing less than amazing. Older machines can be transformed by this simple, and now eminently affordable upgrade.
#3 Home Entertainment – Streaming Video
Here in Australia, reality TV dominates free-to-air and, as far as I am concerned, reality TV is a load of crap. I thank goodness every day for the likes of Netflix and Stan. They are not perfect but, boy, they are streets ahead of free-to-air, and relatively inexpensive too.
These picks are, of course, items that have had an impact on my life. How about you, what are your favorite modern technologies?