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Evolution of Tech Since Y2K: A Decade in Review

It’s 2010, and it’s amazing that 10 years have passed since Y2K or 2000. Of course, for those of us who were able to go through that Y2K period, we should know how things have changed every since. From the initial scare of the Y2K bug, technology has evolved rapidly in the last decade. Thanks to the post by Leila Brillson at Switched, we can see the evolution of technology especially in the field of IT more clearly.

[Picture by Switched.com]

 

Here are summary of the review.

COMPUTERS in Y2K

ThinkPads, Curved CRT Monitors, The Bondi Blue iMac

Our view on 2000’s laptops are akin to that era’s view on brick-like cell phones: what ancient, strange devices they were. The ThinkPad was a popular, clunky model, and only serious business travelers would shell out the thousands of dollars to use such a bulky object. Serious work was done on an "old school," curved CRT monitor. The end of the 20th century was a dark time for Apple, which only had education, publishing, and a motley crew of überfans as major consumers

COMPUTERS in 2009

VAIOs and Inspirons, Wi-Fi, BlackBerrys, the all-in-one iPhone

Our computers snap shut and start up quickly, and a lack of free Wi-Fi usually gets us whining. The business landscape has changed, thanks to modern mobility. This means cheaper labor — interns can bring their own computers or more workers stay at home. Also, we are constantly on the go, using smart phones to check e-mail or transfer money into bank accounts. The phone has finally become what it always should have been — a way to get on to the Internet.

 

ENTERTAINMENT in Y2K

Videotaping Your Favorite Shows, That Massive Spindle of CDs

The idea of downloading music, to a year 2000 dweller, was not absurd. Napster was at the fingertips of those in the know, and if you could tolerate the 96 kbps sound quality, there were virtual libraries to be pillaged. But that was still the era of collecting: old VHS tapes were slowly being replaced by expensive DVDs (but we still needed tapes for recording ‘Party of Five’ if we couldn’t be home), books and books (remember those?) of CDs organized (if you are like us, with corresponding inner sleeves), and so many discarded AA batteries.

ENTERTAINMENT in 2009

Digital Collections, Downloading to Get it Now, Hulu, iPod

The idea of someone staying home to watch ‘True Blood’ is baffling. In fact, a show can be a hit even if no one tunes in, thanks to TiVo — and now Hulu, iTunes, and (not that we condone it) illegal downloading. Our bitrate-obsessed culture has made us increasingly aware of quality and speed. Collections have become entirely digital, and thanks to next-gen consoles like Xbox and PS3, even our video games can be downloaded.

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One comment

  1. Yes it has been an unbelievable 10 years that have gone past me…

    I used 15″ CRT monitor, downloaded from Napster and chat using ICQ, MIRC, MSN during that time and online using dial-up modem.

    Now everything has changed technologically.

    My conclusion is over the past ten years technology are only getting better and better. My prediction for the next ten years we will have everything wireless.

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