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The future is good!

Consider: The first computer my family had (that I was around for, anyway) was a Commodore 64, so named because it had, I believe, 64 MB of RAM*. It didn't have a CD drive, it didn't even have a floppy drive until later, it had a cassette tape drive.

I'm sitting on my couch with my laptop computer (laptop computer! switch gears for a moment and listen to that phrase with your 1985 ears), posting on the internet, with no cables connecting to my computer except the power cable, and that one's optional. See? I just unplugged it. Computing with no wires!

Seriously, the future is here, and has been for a while now. No flying cars yet, but wheee! (And Pay By Touch at the local grocery store. How cool is that, that you can pay for groceries using a fingerprint?? Unfortunately the pay-by-touch company went out of business, but it was sweet while it lasted.)

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Yes, if you couldn't guess by the above, I bought a wireless router tonight so I can get wireless access at home. Wheee!


* I have been corrected. It was 64 KB!

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mhaithaca
May. 7th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Your Commodore 64 had 64KB of RAM. 64MB personal computers (a thousand times as much memory, still way less than these days) came much later. :-)
aedifica
May. 7th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
The possibility that it might have been KB, not MB, didn't even cross my mind. Goodness! :-)
taerf
May. 7th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Yes, Commodore 64's had 64 kiB of RAM. Its 8-bit 6502 processor could not address any more RAM than that. Systems with megabytes didn't pop-up until the late 80s.

Congrats on the wireless router!! (make sure you get encryption setup... ;)

Another odd thought: Your new wireless router has far more computing power than your Commodore 64!

aedifica
May. 7th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
My sister and I were talking a few weeks ago about the fact that our *cell phones* have more computing power than the C-64 did. :-)

And yes, the encryption is set!
akitrom
May. 7th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
Hell, your furby had more computing power than your Commodore 64.
(Having said that, I'd love to see Apple try to put an operating system and a full-featured word procesor on 64 KB of membory these days.)

And, really, look around. Who would you want to be driving a flying car?

Edited at 2008-05-07 10:27 am (UTC)
aedifica
May. 7th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
I never had a Furby, but as I just replied to Tom above, my *cell phone* has more power than the C-64 had!

That's a good point about the flying car, really.
earnan
May. 7th, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
My mind was in a similar area the other day at the airport.

Think Star Trek tricorder.
Now think of a wireless-enabled PDA with GPS, navigational software, weatherbug, etc.

Think Star Trek (original series) communicator.
Now think of a flip phone with voice recognition.

Now think Star Trek (newer series) communicator.
Now think of a flip phone with voice recognition and a bluetooth headset.

(goes to post this on journal)
chiashurb
May. 7th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
I think the PDA is more like their PADs than it is like a tricorder. You know, those little flat-screened devices that they used to read reports, that looked just like an iPhone?

And if your flip phone has PTT, it even makes the same obnoxious noise as a star trek communicator!
aedifica
May. 7th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Want to show me some Star Trek sometime, then? I've barely seen any; most of my familiarity with it comes from having read a couple of the books (because John M. Ford and Janet Kagan are good authors that I'll follow into any series--or would if they weren't both regrettably deceased).
rillaspins
May. 7th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Everytime I hear about flying cars I shudder. Can you imagine the people that can't figure out a traffic circle figuring out how to deal with a 3rd dimension?

ARRRRGGGGHHHH.
aedifica
May. 7th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
*grin*
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