Is 1980 as far away, culturally, from today as 1955 was from 1985?
In 1980 "texting" wasn't a word. A "text" was a book. I had never heard of cell phones. We all had landlines and, in the US, the phone company was, well, THE phone company. AT&T, Ma Bell. There were no others. Many people I knew still had rotary dial phones. Payphones, many in actual phone booths, were outside many businesses and in every strip mall.
In the suburbs of DC we had no cable TV. There were 7 broadcast TV channels. 3 Network, 2 independent, 2 PBS.
On the first Wednesday (IIRC) of the month, at 1130, the air raid sirens were tested. This was, presumably, so that the Authorities could let us know the missiles were on their way.
Most of the neighbors drove American cars. Lots of GM's on our street. "Japanese" and "Taiwanese" were still synonymous with "cheap".
Home computers? A couple of kids in school had Apple 2 pluses. One had a TRS-80. The father of one guy I knew had a machine used only for Wordstar, hooked up to a Selectric. I had a manual typewriter of roughly 1955 vintage.
Internet? I'd not even heard of BBS's at that point. Mail was handwritten and physical, in an envelope, with a stamp. Newspapers were thriving, as were newsweeklies.
Maps were on paper, available in every gas station. There was nothing like GPS.
In "Back to the Future 2" Marty goes forward to 2015. 5 years from now. I want my hoverboard, dammit.
Living without Cable TV these days. I get 20 broadcast channels. Well, more, but those are the ones I might actually watch. 8 are PBS, 2 are weather, 1 sports, 2 run old tv shows and movies. Still thinking about making a HTPC out of a Mac Mini, but don't want to spend the money right now.
Also living without a landline. Between the two I'm saving $150/month. Paid off the car (early) which saves $450/month. Looking for a house. I talked with a loan officer, who was recommended by a friend, and told him what I could afford in terms of a monthly payment, and where I was looking, and he came back with some numbers. I may actually be able to afford a house in Pimmit Hills. My target payment is $CurrentRent+$OldCarPayment, as I was able to make those payments without trouble, and still save some cash. In two years (after the CC is paid off) I'll be able to afford more, but house prices and interest rates are likely to be higher then, too.
Being a veteran, I can get a zero down VA loan now. So the loan officer is working on that.
I find that I don't really care, personally, about open source, open hardware, etc. That is, I understand their importance, and hope they continue, but I don't, personally, want to deal with them. I like the Apple sandbox.
My Mac has only crashed once (ironically, it was Apple software that crashed it). The only people I know whose iPhones have crashed are the ones who've jailbroken them. I suspect the iPad will be similarly crash resistant. I may buy one in a year or so. I don't really need a laptop, and an iPod Touch is too small to read on, much less watch movies. The iPad is something that can do light word processing (via Pages), watch videos, and read newspapers and magazines on, while on an airplane or just sitting around. The option to get monthly 3G plans, so that I can only pay when I'm on the road, is a win.
But I'll keep the iMac for Real Computing Tasks.
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