The bad old days of tech
I grew up using Apple, Atari and Tandy computers in the 1980s and have worked in technology since 1993, so I've seen well over 35 years worth of changes in the tech spectrum.
Many of the same basic functions of computers and devices remain unchanged--productivity software such as word processing and financial spreadsheets, performing calculations, programming code, communicating with others and playing games. However, the hardware and platforms on which these functions operate seem as different to me now as a 747 compared to the first plane flown by the Wright brothers.
While in some ways I feel the 1980s and 1990s were a golden era of computing for me. However, once I realized the fun and potential of computer systems and how I could earn a living from them, it's been a relief to see technology evolve to help accommodate my needs. I wrote an article a few years ago listing 10 things I don't miss about old technology, but as I look back over the decades, here are 10 more things I don't miss.
Scott Matteson is a senior systems administrator and freelance technical writer who also performs consulting work for small organizations. He resides in the Greater Boston area with his wife and three children.