It’s hard to remember the good ole days, last century, before ubiquitous mobile telephones.
When you had to find a coin and a call box to phone if you were out.
When you could ride a bus, or a train, without feeling obliged to say where you are or how long you’ll be.
When you didn’t expect to be contacted at work, unless in the case of an emergency.
It seemed time was a little kinder back then, less intense. We still lived; life was full; life was fun.
There was time for yourself, rather than being obliged or expected to be contactable at all times, by voice or by the written note, aka txt msg.
There was no anguish of missed calls, cracked screens, low battery, lost contacts, ringtones drifting through the air, and that’s before the smartphone features are considered.
Oh, 1990s!! Come back!!!
First there was the modem. Remember the dial up, the fuzzy line sound, the ‘bings’ as it connected… brings back fond memories… Phone or email? Browsing, what was that?
Then there was the broadband cable connection – the direct link between a computer and the world. It was all so simple. Email, Skype, browsing but oh, the size of the phone bill!!
Then the dongle – who invented that name? – great but we needed more
Then, the mifi, our own mini WiFi, 15GB per month, surely that would do? And it did suffice for 5 years or so until 2.5 teenagers and 3 tablets later, it kept running out after just 10 days.
So now, the fibre optics, the wireless, tablets, phones, laptops, security, parental controls, it’s come, it’s here, it’s working, it is the unlimited home wireless broadband network with speeds that mean no buffering!
I’m aware that the next big thing in terms of technology is already in use by the military, somewhere. But right now, our family is very excited and grateful for unlimited home Internet access!! Yeah!! 🙂 🙂