How Did We Live Without These Technologies 10 Years Ago!

by on January 1, 2010 · 5 comments

Over at Silicon Alley Insider, Gregory Galant has a wonderful post about “18 Awesome Tech Things We Didn’t Have 10 Years Ago.” It serves as another great example of the amazing technological progress we have witnessed over the past decade.  He’s asking people for suggestions for what else should be on the list, so head over there and let him know. Seems like wi-fi technologies should be on there somehow. FiOS deserves a shout-out, too. And where’s Firefox & Chrome? Also, I’ll put in a special word for some amazing new home theater technologies: high-def flat-screens and projectors; media servers & Windows Media Center; BluRay; and 3 incredible gaming / media consoles (Wii, PS3, & XBox). Anyway, here’s Galant’s list:

Wikipedia
Gmail
Facebook
YouTube
Twitter
AdWords
Amazon AWS
RSS (started in ‘99 but didn’t catch on till the ’00s)
Meetup
iPod
Google Maps
Podcasts
Mint
Skype/VOIP
iPhone
Google Docs
Creative Commons
Flickr

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  • http://blog.infinitemonkeysblog.com Jim_Lakely

    A fair criticism of the list, Adam. HDTV and alternative, open source browsers like Firefox, are better choices.

    I left this on the original post site, and repeat it here: What is Google Maps and Gmail doing on that list? Google made slight improvements to MapQuest, and Gmail is no different in any significant way than Yahoo Mail, which preceded it by about a decade (I think).

    And how about stuff like WordPress, that lets anyone set up a good-looking blog for little cost? And as one commenter noted, iTunes utterly changed forever the way we consume music. At the time of its launch, there was a debate about whether one could monetize the Napster model — the downloading of mp3 music files. For a buck a song, and great marketing, millions stopped stealing music and bought it.

  • sammy00000

    Sure we would much better !

  • sammy00000

    Sure we would much better !

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