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15 Current Technologies A Child Born Today Will Never Use
Yahoo/Laptop Mag ^ | 5.14.12 | Avram Piltch

Posted on 05/13/2012 10:12:38 PM PDT by DemforBush

From the moment that I found out my wife was pregnant with our first child, a son, I’ve thought of his development in terms of tech...

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Interesting article. I think the guy is a bit ahead of himself in a couple areas, but it's fascinating to consider the tech changes we've seen in a generation and where we'll be in the next couple of decades.
1 posted on 05/13/2012 10:12:49 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: DemforBush

It’s all getting more and more impersonal.

People are becoming more robot/zombie like.


2 posted on 05/13/2012 10:25:36 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: DemforBush
I have a feeling "wired" internet will be around for awhile. At least until "wireless" router security gets better.

When July rolls around and the RIAA/MPAA starts shutting down accounts for illegal downloading and they find many of those accounts are "Hacked" wireless routers owned by people who wouldn't know the first thing about downloading an illegal copy of Avengers from Pirate Bay you'll see a fast switch back to "wired" internet in lots of peoples homes.

3 posted on 05/13/2012 10:25:42 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: DemforBush
Feel Me
4 posted on 05/13/2012 10:27:03 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Cogito cogito)
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To: DemforBush

The guy is trapped into thinking everyone is like he and his five friends.


5 posted on 05/13/2012 10:27:42 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: Berlin_Freeper
(feel here)

6 posted on 05/13/2012 10:33:45 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Cogito cogito)
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To: DemforBush

I remember my grandfather chatting with me about all of the technical innovations that had emerged during his lifetime. This would have been about 1980 or so.

He was born in 1906, and witnessed the advent of nearly every technology of our modern world. He told me that when he was a boy in Sardis, Mississippi, the kids would chase any car that happened down the street, because it was so rare to see one.

He talked about how flying machines, submarines, computers, televisions, the power grid, satellites, manufacturing, skyscrapers, and men on the moon, had all been considered science fiction when he was a boy. He honestly marveled that all of those things, and more, had come to pass, and that they were now the common building blocks of our world.

It was quite a perspective, and made me stop and wonder how things would look to me when I was his age.

I tell you, I’m getting there. Today, I tell my own kids about the differences between the technologies of my youth, and those of the present day. The technologies of my childhood are actually beginning to seem a bit primitive to me now. I can only imagine how they’ll look to me in another twenty years.


7 posted on 05/13/2012 10:35:23 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

My grandfather was born 1899 and grew up in a world where people were not assigned numbers. Telephone calls were made by asking for the Smiths in such and such town, postal service had not yet assigned street addresses, I don’t believe there were social security numbers yet.


8 posted on 05/13/2012 10:43:39 PM PDT by Williams (Nobama)
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To: DemforBush

I strongly disagree with the wired vs wireless internet.

Wired will provide a substantially faster experience, despite the limitations to location.

For example, I get a solid 12 Gb down on my wired connection, while getting about 4Gb down on 4G. If I wanted to pay more, I could get 4 times faster speeds on the wired connection while the wireless is at its limits.

Wireless does provide a full-time connection, unlike wired, but speed makes a huge difference, especially when dealing with video.


9 posted on 05/13/2012 10:54:53 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: DemforBush

The whole article (like almost anything on Yahoo) is just
a pathetic advertisement for the reader to “read more” on
a different link which explains the top 10 this or that
gadget,so other probably paying companies can tout their
wares. What a pile of crap writing.

He didn’t mention that folks are doing research on using
the electron spin states on electrons as carrying information.
it would be (I believe) base 16 instead of base 2(binary..
on/off model)...much faster.

He forgot to mention brain implants or sensors on the
head which could be controlled by thoughts and made
to control computers, or devices, or cars, etc...

He didn’t mention cloaking devices, hypersonic planes,
genetic therapy, etc....he didn’t even mention pico-
projectors which will probably get rid of TV sets, or
glasses with monitors built in, or even 3-D projection
devices that aim the image onto your retina...

Clearly a crappy commercial feeder article...so typical of
Yahoo with it’s pathetic Top Ten Cities to find jobs
in, or Top ten diets, or Top Ten things not to say
at your job interview...etc., ad nauseum


10 posted on 05/13/2012 11:00:54 PM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: Williams

Our grandfathers grew up in the same world.

My granddad didn’t get his first ride in an automobile until he was almost grown. Electricity and indoor plumbing were something that only well to do folks had in their homes. Clothes were washed on a washing board by hand, and no one in their neck of the woods had a gas burning stove. Refrigeration was an ice box, and a sit down meal in a restaurant was considered a formal occasion.

My granddad was a builder during his working years. He spent decades as a master carpenter, running his own construction business. He had every tool under the sun, but the most interesting ones, were the old tools he’d used when he was young. All of them were hand-powered, manual types.

It was fascinating to think that when he first learned the trades, everything was done by hand. Those old fashioned ways came through in all of the work he did, too. It was all sturdy, and built to last. Wonderful stuff.


11 posted on 05/13/2012 11:06:34 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: DemforBush
Surviving all of these soon-to-be-extinct dinosaurs will be vinyl LPs, which still sound better than CDs, MP3s, SACDs, DVD-As, FLACs, APEs, ad nauseum.
12 posted on 05/13/2012 11:09:14 PM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad
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To: DemforBush

Wired Home Internet

HTRN says that noisy and metal-laden electrical environments still make WiFi iffy. Maybe there will be a better generation of wireless, but for sheer reliability wires still rule. Ethernet over powerline is neat and those wires aren’t going away any time soon.

Dedicated Cameras and Camcorders

HTRN says that you can always get more guts in your camera if you don’t have to worry about packing a cell phone in it too. Now wireless cameras, we’ve already got.

Landline Phones

HTRN is bemused at how the quality of cell phone communications still ranges from barely tolerable to stink. Wires are old fashioned but they still rule when the quality of your call matters. Even semi wired services over the internet often beat the quality of cell phone communications.

Slow-Booting Computers

HTRN says this technical problem should have gone away a decade ago with the advent of the reliable flash drive if it were only the OS loading up into main memory that mattered. However, as long as peripherals have to be initialized the OS has to bring each one up every power cycle. Engineering will eventually solve the problem, but it will take a new generation of peripherals.

Windowed Operating Systems

HTRN says that until the greasy fingerprint has also been outmoded, people won’t want touch screens unless the format is so small there is no choice.

Hard Drives

HTRN says that the sheer capacity of electromechanical drives will continue to beat the pants off of anything solid state. The future will have a mix of both.

Movie Theaters

HTRN thinks the nostalgia factor will probably count for a lot. Operations that manage to be economical will survive.

The Mouse

HTRN thinks people will still prefer mice or track balls to a greasily fingerprinted screen.

3D Glasses

HTRN predicts a eyeglass version of the movie screen that is light enough to comfortably put on. The visual equivalent of stereo headphones. Don’t walk around with these on, though.

Remote Controls

HTRN wonders what a TV that reads gestures would do if a pet wanders into the room. Or one that listens to voice commands would do if it overhears a phone call. However there ought to be a universal remote control that knows what to do in a roomful of equipment without being programmed — it would recognize what’s there and configure itself. (If it’s any consolation you can get programmable ones from the dollar store today. $1 at Dollar Tree.)

Desktops

HTRN says that probably the works of what we call a desktop now will fit into a pill bottle by that time. But there’s still the screen, keyboard, and loudspeakers which can’t be equally lilliputian.

Phone Numbers

HTRN says that until the whole globe gets its phone system Internetified, people will still be dealing with phone numbers. How else does someone in Outerghanistan call you or vice versa?

Prime-time Television

HTRN agrees, TV on demand will eventually make scheduled TV obsolete. How soon that happens is anyone’s guess. Large swaths of the country still do not have practical broadband.

Fax Machines

HTRN already scans stuff and emails the graphic files to those who would have otherwise gotten faxes, and there are free or cheap services on the internet that make and receive fax phone calls. Still, scanning could stand to be made much more of a standardized task (as, for that matter, printing). You ought to be able to plug anybody’s scanner (and printer) into anybody’s computer and voila, they auto configure to one another. None of these proprietary drivers.

Optical Discs

HTRN says that these will still prove useful as storage media for loading things offline. And how will you watch a movie in Timbuktu where you can’t get at the cloud?


13 posted on 05/13/2012 11:10:36 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: MediaMole
For example, I get a solid 12 Gb down on my wired connection,

That is cool, unless you hit a website that is bandwidth limited to 325K upload. You only can receive as fast as the other end can send.

I can watch video on a local intra-net link running at 100Mbps without any problems.

Having owned and run networks, I'm not impressed with a single download number. Not many sites can deliver 12Gbps regardless of what you can do on your end.

/johnny

14 posted on 05/13/2012 11:10:42 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: unkus
It’s all getting more and more impersonal.

It is. It wasn't that long ago that people weren't known by a 'screen name'. Anonymity = impersonal.

15 posted on 05/13/2012 11:20:24 PM PDT by South40
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To: MediaMole

you have a 12 GIG pipe? I doubt it. you have a 12 MEG pipe I’d bet.

And 4G cel is not limited to 4 meg down. I got close to 8 doing a speed test on my 4G phone.

wireless is making headway in the speed department. They will likely do it with multi channel/multi radio combinations as we are seeing the the N network stuff.

Although directional.. Laser wireless will blow the doors off your wired network. up to 2.5 Gbps.


16 posted on 05/13/2012 11:25:54 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: DemforBush

That was an interesting list and he played it safe. The real question to ponder is the technologies that will change the world that have not yet been invented. As Asia becomes more prosperous and free market oriented it will more than double the number of brilliant people who invent new technologies or perfect existing ones. The next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, or that facebook guy is quite possibly alive now in India or China.

One of the most fascinating things that I observe in our modern day discourse - like peak oil for example or electricity production - is the failure to account for new technologies that we can’t even imagine. People talk about peak oil as if all locomotion will one day cease. This is a false argument for the obvious reason that new sources of oil are found all the time and new technologies are coming online now that can produce fuels out of other materials such as biomass. However, the main fallacy of the argument is that it assumes new sources of locomotion will not be invented. We have a tendency to think inside the framework of the known world until some brilliant person comes up with their own idea that changes everything.

Computers have changed just about everything in our lives and they grow in capability exponentially every year. Every computer at Best Buy is obsolete before they even sell it. Even as computers get faster and faster our ability to link them together in networks increases their ability to process information. Computers themselves may make the next great invention and can certainly perfect existing technologies.

We live in very interesting times for many reasons. Politicians who pass laws today that negatively impact our economy in order to prevent some potential shortfall decades down the road represent ignorance of the highest order in my opinion. Even the peak food argument is a complete crock! The world would never run out of room to feed people as long as the sun shined. Don’t believe me? Go online and see the amount of food that people are producing in their backyards or greenhouses with a combination of new technology and old. Read about hydroponics, aquaponics, stacked beds, hugelkultur, etc etc. We will never run out of room to make food. I can grow crops on the roof of my house for crying out loud or perhaps battery and photovoltaic technology will improve to where I can run my own indoor greenhouse using the sun’s energy from my roof! There is no limit if we free the imagination.

Peak water is another fool’s argument - with a cheap source of electricity we have an infinite supply of water in the oceans and desalination technology already exists. The government continually tries to improve efficiency by levying taxes and penalties on current wasteful water use. All that does is grow government and stifle the free market and innovation.

We use t-tape in our garden and soil beds that emphasize water retention (lots of mulch/fiber underneath and mulch on top). Some of this is even recycled cardboard (worms love it). We have cut our water use in the orchard and garden by 90% and it saves us money and water.

We are told the world will end because of a lack of x. Rubbish. The world is a finite amount of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, etc etc. Our ability to utilize and reclaim the finite elements here on Earth are infinite. Beware of anyone who tells you differently.


17 posted on 05/13/2012 11:35:44 PM PDT by volunbeer (Don't worry America, our kids can pay for it!)
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To: DemforBush
Landline Phones As of 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 26 percent of U.S. homes had wireless phones only. By the time my son turns 5 in 2017, only a handful of old people and Luddites will continue to own house phones while everyone will likely use cellphones exclusively. By the time my son is 10, most businesses will have done away with their desk phones and saved a lot of money and hassle in the process.

...anyone else find it interesting that the CDC KNOWS THE NUMBER OF homes with landlines?

18 posted on 05/13/2012 11:38:50 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

19 posted on 05/13/2012 11:42:52 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


20 posted on 05/13/2012 11:44:06 PM PDT by nutmeg (Defeat Obama 2012)
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To: Windflier

Not only do I like your opinions, but I would have liked to have met your grandpa and to have seen his work. God bless!


21 posted on 05/13/2012 11:45:31 PM PDT by BlackElk (Romney = Obama = Moloch = Obama = Romney = Moloch = Romney = Obama, Etc.)
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To: Doogle

Maybe they’re worried about how many people can call 911 for something like a heart attack and still get through to someone who knows where they are?


22 posted on 05/13/2012 11:47:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Doogle

Roger THAT!


23 posted on 05/13/2012 11:48:12 PM PDT by BlackElk (Romney = Obama = Moloch = Obama = Romney = Moloch = Romney = Obama, Etc.)
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To: BlackElk
Not only do I like your opinions, but I would have liked to have met your grandpa and to have seen his work. God bless!

Why thank you, my friend. That goes double for me.

I wish you'd write a book. I'd buy it and read it in a heart beat. I find your commentary on FR to be some of the best that's posted here, and that includes published authors. It sometimes astonishes me how many excellent writers hang out here, and you are in that cadre.

As for old Granddad's work, he worked for the War Dept. building every imaginable military facility up and down the west coast during WWII. Anything you see on a military base out west from that era would be indicative of the type of work he did. After the war he spent the next couple decades building homes and commercial properties in Los Angeles, but alas, I don't know where any of them are.

Fortunately, my dad has all of my Granddad's old tools. He and his brothers sold off most of the modern equipment after Granddad passed, but the old stuff was precious to them. I think they felt his soul in those implements, and I'm sure it is. I hope to one day inherit at least a couple of them myself for that very reason.

Please keep me on your ping list. I very much enjoy reading your posts.

24 posted on 05/14/2012 12:03:06 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Doogle
...anyone else find it interesting that the CDC KNOWS THE NUMBER OF homes with landlines?

Duh!

CDC is supposedly interested in Disease Control. Landlines must be a disease. Who knew? (For those of you in Rio Linda, it's called Mission Creep. (TSA is next.)).

My landline is a total joke. It rides atop my FiOS connection and costs about a third of the bill.. It only exists because I'm too rich and too lazy to cancel it!

25 posted on 05/14/2012 12:34:46 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Windflier

It was fascinating to think that when he first learned the trades, everything was done by hand. Those old fashioned ways came through in all of the work he did, too. It was all sturdy, and built to last. Wonderful stuff.

.......

I’ve dabbled in finish carpentry and have done quite a bit of framing. When I look at what those guys produced using nothing but hand tools, and primitive ones at that, I am in awe.


26 posted on 05/14/2012 12:42:07 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: cynwoody; Doogle; HiTech RedNeck

Still have the land-line that was installed 43 years ago, and we’re not about to give it up.

Garbled words and sometimes a kind of hum when folks use cell phones to leave messages on the answer machine. We play the message over and over to understand, and then don’t always.

When we speak over each other using a land line, our words are not clipped, and we generally know what each has said.
Try that on a cell - constantly cut-off, and have to repeat and repeat, and no one knows who should speak first.
CONstant cutting off - time waster, patience trying.
Always think we should say “over” each time we’re ready to listen to the other person - like using a walkie-talkie.

Are there better cell phones than others -?


27 posted on 05/14/2012 1:20:57 AM PDT by USARightSide ( SUPPORTING O U R TROOPS)
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To: cynwoody

I’ve never owned a landline and never will. For me, skype is far easier and far better. Plus, if I can’t hear, they can type to me under, and we can do conference calls that actually work, etc.

“HTRN thinks the nostalgia factor will probably count for a lot. Operations that manage to be economical will survive.”

I doubt it. Really the only reason to go see a movie now, is to take a girl out somewhere, and spend some money on her. That’s it.


28 posted on 05/14/2012 3:30:08 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: Windflier
I tell my own kids about the differences between the technologies of my youth …

Same here. When I talk with young friends – 20 somethings – they often wonder how we did it. Only three TV stations? My nephew has a gadget on his Harley that holds 20,000 tunes, I had a stack of single song 45s. Today they all have smart phones, we had a party line. When I first went on the internet I was amazed that I could communicate with people all over the world, my daughter just said, “So? It’s done with computers.”
My father saw the first automobile in town. Before he died he saw man walk on the moon.

29 posted on 05/14/2012 4:04:53 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Hey, do us all a favor and give us at least a little clue as to where your links lead, okay? Some of us would appreciate having an opportunity to decide beforehand whether or not we want to go somewhere...

Thanks.

30 posted on 05/14/2012 4:27:14 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (A half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. (J.I. Packer)
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To: MediaMole

Yeah, that “wired internet” prediction is just stupid. Wired is far faster and more secure than wireless internet. I wire up everything I can in my house for those reasons.

And the mouse is going away? I don’t think so. Touch interfaces are cool, but the computer mouse is still better for many different tasks.


31 posted on 05/14/2012 4:35:43 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: MediaMole

Yeah, that “wired internet” prediction is just stupid. Wired is far faster and more secure than wireless internet. I wire up everything I can in my house for those reasons.

And the mouse is going away? I don’t think so. Touch interfaces are cool, but the computer mouse is still better for many different tasks.


32 posted on 05/14/2012 4:35:43 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: DemforBush

I’m surprised this guy didn’t declare the keyboard dead along with the mouse.

Just try to write a serious document using only a touch screen. Good luck with that!

But then I’m a confirmed Luddite, so what do I know?


33 posted on 05/14/2012 4:52:24 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity
Hey, do us all a favor and give us at least a little clue as to where your links lead, okay?

If you "mouseover" the link, you can see the URL at the bottom of the browser window. No click required. That, of course, assumes you are still clinging to ancient technology, and still use a mouse.

34 posted on 05/14/2012 5:01:08 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: volunbeer

That was an excellent post .. solid reminders of proper perspective .. thanks !


35 posted on 05/14/2012 5:16:24 AM PDT by tomkat (TEAM INFIDEL)
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To: USARightSide

Your post reminded me of the old Sprint commercials (for land-line)...To illustrate how clear their signal was, they showed a pin dropping.

How far we’ve “progressed” since then.


36 posted on 05/14/2012 5:26:50 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: DemforBush

Things my kids never used:

Electric hairbrush
Electric knife
Polaroid Camera
Plastic cover to make BW TV look like color
Walkman
Pong
Record player
Reel to Reel
Oven cleaner
Electric cords made of cord
Party line phone
Lighted princess phone
Tube tester
Wooden screens


37 posted on 05/14/2012 5:30:02 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Williams
My grandfather was born in 1899... I don’t believe there were social security numbers yet.

There wasn't even any social security! Not until 1935.

38 posted on 05/14/2012 5:31:46 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: LearsFool

The sad thing is that generations of kids are growing up thinking that music is supposed to be corrupted with digital artifacts, and sound like the speaker is under water. Give them a wide-band analog signal, and it doesn’t sound right to them.


39 posted on 05/14/2012 5:33:56 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Windflier
He was born in 1906, and witnessed the advent of nearly every technology of our modern world. He told me that when he was a boy in Sardis, Mississippi, the kids would chase any car that happened down the street, because it was so rare to see one. He talked about how flying machines, submarines, computers, televisions, the power grid, satellites, manufacturing, skyscrapers, and men on the moon, had all been considered science fiction when he was a boy. He honestly marveled that all of those things, and more, had come to pass, and that they were now the common building blocks of our world.

Something to consider; The greatest periods of technology adoption and development occurred in times of least government intrusion. The automobile was around but was not widely in use until the twenties. In the same period air conditioning, airplanes, electrification, radio, sliced bread, the home refrigerator, and even zippers were brought into general use. The next great technology explosion was in the eighties when computer technology took off and influenced almost everything we use.

My question is how much advancement has been lost due to the meddling nature of government? Would we be using the flying car now had it not been for the government tinkering with the economy?

something to think about.

40 posted on 05/14/2012 5:40:38 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: Windflier
In the early 1930's, the US Army Air Corp's primary fighter plane was a biplane, the Boeing F4B/P-12

Ten years later, the P-80 Shooting Star became the first jet fighter to enter US operational service (it was based on British technology from the Brit Goblin, and captured technology from the German Me-262):


41 posted on 05/14/2012 5:43:47 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Windflier

I’m 50, so I’ve seen the advent of cable TV, cell phones and the internet. I can imagine life without cell phones and cable, but not the internet.


42 posted on 05/14/2012 5:45:46 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: DemforBush

I disagree with the author on the mouse issue. It’s simply not ergonomic to use an upright display with touch. A touchpad/trackpad/mouse is still a more elegant solution.

Now, if you pair this with the prediction that the desktop computer is going away, maybe it makes more sense, but that assumes the vast majority of users are going to be looking at a smartphone/tablet model rather than a notebook-style model.


43 posted on 05/14/2012 5:45:56 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: Fresh Wind

I suspect that today’s music is recorded to suit only the current listening devices. (I couldn’t say for sure, since my only exposure to today’s music is from vibrating vehicles passing by.)


44 posted on 05/14/2012 5:49:43 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Windflier

——It was fascinating to think that when he first learned the trades, everything was done by hand.-——

That amazes me. I can’t imagine sawing boards all day.

The old finish work amazes me too. Despite all of our mechanization, beautiful finish carpentry is a thing of the past.


45 posted on 05/14/2012 5:50:13 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: kevkrom
I disagree with the author on the mouse issue. It’s simply not ergonomic to use an upright display with touch.

Same thing with the smart phone as a remote control for the TV. Sure, it can be done, but what is the point of it.

46 posted on 05/14/2012 5:50:21 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: Cowman
My question is how much advancement has been lost due to the meddling nature of government?

Interesting point. We might each be generating our own electric power, for starters.

I read some time ago about what rural folks did before electric lines had reached them. It was very simple to rig up a generator to the windmill and charge up a tractor battery to power the few household devices (lamps, radio, etc.) Necessity being the mother of invention, there's no telling what folks might've come up with had it not been for government mandating rural electrification.
47 posted on 05/14/2012 5:59:14 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: kevkrom

Cellphones have a big issue with the metal sheeting radiant barrier now being installed in homes. Kills reception, so you have to use a microcell receiver connected to the Internet. As to the mouse, some form of mouse/touchpad will always be around. Not going to always reach out to touch the large display. But, yes, there will be changes. However, with the aging population, you will see a wider range of equipment uses. The author is talking about Windows 8 and there are still companies that use XP and systems that will not run on 7. This will widen. BTW, with 8 you are going to have to get a third-party DVD player. The new version of Windows Media does not have the built-in player.


48 posted on 05/14/2012 6:00:35 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: Cowman

-—My question is how much advancement has been lost due to the meddling nature of government? Would we be using the flying car now had it not been for the government.-—

Ha! I remember the debate over telephone deregulation, and how the Left pissed and moaned about it.

Seems like the telecommunications industry has changed a bit since then.


49 posted on 05/14/2012 6:03:05 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: LearsFool

To illustrate how clear their signal was, they showed a pin dropping.
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I remember that ad.
Shot in a bowling alley wasn’t it?

I got my ‘start’ setting pins in a bowling alley.
Complete with treadle and pegs to set the pins on.

The ONLY automaton was the pin setters, usually one to a double lane with a hole between so you could easily ‘service’ both lanes.


50 posted on 05/14/2012 6:04:36 AM PDT by xrmusn (#6/98# Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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