On getting old

I just watched our IT guy, the indomitable Mike Shepherd, sling around some flat-panel monitors for a couple of temps we had in the office.

I remember shelling out the extra bucks for a hi-res amber monitor instead of the green screens most people had. And I remember the other editors at PC Magazine being jealous because I got the 19-inch CRT when they had 17-inchers. And I remember getting my first LCD screen as a gift from my wife, and how suddenly I had a lot more space but I was iffy about the money she spent. (Well, not too iffy.)

And here was Mike, casually carrying around these things that not too long ago were a Big Deal.

Time files. Jovan Hackley says he’s gonna get me one of the old MLS books so I can see what you folks used to deal with. I’m clearing space.

On a related note, my favorite computer photo-hoax of all time (you gotta click to enlarge and read the caption):


About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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2 Responses to On getting old

  1. Matt Wilkins says:

    I’m not sure if Jovan will be able to find an MLS book. Those things have been extinct for YEARS!

  2. Dave Keys says:

    I could almost believe the picture. I remember working on some military air defense guidance systems in the late 70s that bore a vague similarity. If the photo was made up in ’54 then the concept was a decade ahead of its time.

    My question is, What is the steering wheel for? Early game interface?

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