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Old time technology

Back in the old days…wait a minute! When was that? 15-20 years ago? 20 years ago only, and it already feels like another century.

Technology has evolved so fast the past few years. Today we are talking about IoT, smarthomes, wearables, and connected cars. It seems like those science fiction movies I grew up with are coming to reality. The other day, my 6 year old daughter said “I know what I’m going to ask Santa this year: an iPhone”. Seriously? 6 years old? I was way past 6 years old when I saw the first cordless phone at home. Can I even mention that my first TV was in black and white and that there was NO remote control? Oh my God, I already feel like a dinosaur!

I recently saw a video about kids trying to use an “old” camera…with a film roll! That was just hillarious. I had received one for my first communion. Boy was I excited and proud. I would take pictures very carefully and try not to waste the 24 exposures that I was allowed to take per film roll. Sometimes if I was going on a long trip or to a special event I would upgrade to 48 exposures, just to make sure that I would be able to capture all the good moments. And how excited was I when I would pick up my photos, a week later, hoping that at least half of the roll would have turned right! Today, when I look into the photo gallery of my iphone, I have over 1,000 pictures (not talking about the previous 1,000 and something that I already downloaded on my computer!) and this is not even including the videos! I can erase, edit, and share the photos instantly in one click.

I don’t even have a real camera. Sometimes I’m thinking about investing in a nice DSLR Camera. But I’m such an amateur and for the time beeing, it is just easier and more convenient for me to use my smartphone as, sadly (or not?) I cannot go anywhere without it. “Smart” phone. Originally, a mobile phone that is so “smart” that it offers way more features than I will ever use. This is, to me, the most amazing and ultimate device that I could not live without today. And the most incredible is that I hardly use it to make calls. I could go on and on about it, but I think I’ll keep it for a future blog.

Note to the readers: Please do not think I am close to retirement. I just did not grow up in a high tech environment. But when I look at what the technology is about to bring next, I am as excited and thrilled as my daughter is dreaming about her next Christmas gift.

By Dorine Vidal

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