It’s funny how advancements in technology not only change our lives but also our expectations. A typical example is motor vehicles.
Technology & Motor Vehicles
Back in the day, when I was a young man, new vehicles didn’t come with any of today’s advanced features. There was no air-conditioning, not a comfortable situation when living in tropical Queensland, and the locally produced Holden motor car (under the GM umbrella) came with two quarter windows in front which, when turned inwards, had to suffice as our version of air-conditioning.
Luxuries such as electric windows, cruise control, reversing cameras, GPS systems, and the like were unheard of. Heck, even a radio didn’t come as standard equipment and needed to be ordered as an “extra”. Today, I can’t even imagine owning a vehicle without all that modern equipment, yet, in those early days, it didn’t seem to matter.
Technology And Computers
Most of us can compare our first computers with today’s modern machines. My first Windows desktop PC came with a single-core Pentium 4 CPU, 40 GB HDD, and 512 MB RAM. We can all marvel at just how far computer technology has advanced. However, what never seems to be discussed is the advancement in peripherals.
Monitors: My first monitor was a 12″ CRT model that, despite its lack of screen size and resolution, weighed a ton. These days I have a 27″ 2K flat screen monitor connected to my main machine and, thinking back now, I wonder how we ever put up with those tiny but heavy low-resolution CRT monitors.
Printers: I remember forking out for a single-function dot matrix printer, which was state-of-the-art at the time and cost me a whopping $499. These days, we can buy a multi-function printer for a fraction of that cost. Heck, we could buy 10 multi-function inkjet printers for that same sort of money.
Technology And TVs
The first TV we owned, when I was a mere lad living at home with mum and dad, was a black and white model with a 10″ screen encased in a massive cabinet, which needed to be massive in order to house all the massive components. My wife and I bought our first color TV, a 22″ Phillips, in the early 1970s. Now I own a 65″ UHD LED flat screen smart TV and can’t believe how we used to be glued to that first tiny color TV with its low resolution.
I was recently forced to spend several weeks in an apartment in Brisbane (about 300 miles from where I live), where my sole source of entertainment was via a 32″ TCL HD TV and I could not wait to get back to my UHD big screen smart TV. How very spoilt we do become.
I could go on and on but I guess the whole point is that, when it comes to technology, the old saying… “you don’t miss what you’ve never had” has never been truer. We got by alright without all this modern technology but how many of us could not get by without it today? I know I couldn’t.