The Last time I Was Really Impressed By Technology

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 at 5:33 am Pacific USA Time.

I was thinking about the last time I was really amazed at technology. My Android phone comes close. But before that, when was I really wowed?

2002. I was Queen Geek and early adopter. People thought I just beamed down from Star Trek.

  • My phone was a little Sony Ericsson flip phone on the GSM network VoiceStream (later T-Mobile). 
  • I travelled to England in October 02, and my phone still worked. Paid wild roaming charges, but it was very cool to see the phone work perfectly everywhere I went. Texted my British pals to meet up with them. I'm not sure I was texting anybody else on the planet at that time.
  • I had a Palm i705 with an always-on connection to Cingular Wireless, now AT&T Mobile. The Palm picked up my email all day. I could send email. I had completely mobile email in late 2002, bitches! :)
  • I had a foldable keyboard that the Palm snapped into. That was rather cool. Faster typing than the Palm keyboard.
  • I had a Bluetooth headset because my Sony phone was Bluetooth compatible. Didn't need a dongle. People were amazed at the Bluetooth headset.

That was some cool tech… before a Treo, before a Blackberry. Before everybody needed a Bluetooth headset on their ear at dinner.

This was the last time I was really impressed by tech.

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2 Responses to “The Last time I Was Really Impressed By Technology”

  1. Roy Baker says:

    I remember my first hand held calculator in the early ’70s. Okay, that proves I’m incredibly old. But up until that point there was nothing like that. It could add, subtract, multiply and divide, and had one memory. It was called the Bowmar Brain and cost $99.00. At the time I was making $65.00 a week. This was the height of technology at that time. That was the very beginning of my tech addiction.

  2. Irv Arons says:

    Well, since I’m probably much older than all of you, I’ll go back to the late 1940s or early 1950s, when an aunt gave me one of the first ball point pens — I’m pretty sure it was a Reynolds. Its major feature was that it was pressurized and could write upside down!
    I think it cost $15 in those day’s dollars.
    I also remember my first handheld calculator. It was an HP and cost $100 and did what a $5 calculator will do today. That was probably in the early 1970s, because I probably used a slide rule til then! (Yes, I know, what’s a slide rule? But I used one until after I graduated college in 1957.)