Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Monica Faram

February 26, 2012

Monica Faram: Changing times of technology

 

The other day my parents and I were talking about how much technology has changed in the short time I have been on this earth. 

I remember the first computer we had. My dad, an engineer, rigged up a computer with one of those 13-inch televisions for the screen. We have a picture somewhere of him using it. 

And remember the printer paper that was one continuous sheet you had to tear the edges off when it came out?

Now I can print from my phone or tablet to the printer without even plugging anything in.

When I was a freshman in high school I got my first cellphone, because of the Internet. 

At the time we just had one phone line and dial-up Internet. If someone was online it tied up our one phone line. 

I was in the high school band and our directors decided to let us leave the basketball game we were playing at early. 

I tried calling my parents to get me but kept getting the busy signal because someone was on the Internet. The band teachers and everyone else left ... I was sitting outside alone in the dark when my mom finally came to get me. 

The next day we got a second phone line and I got a cellphone. 

Nowadays you don’t even need a phone line to get Internet. I should know, we don’t have a home phone at all but we do get DSL. 

We were reminiscing on that story the other night as we pondered all the electronics we have now. My dad pointed out that they have three high definition satellite boxes running off the Internet, two desktop computers and a couple laptops. Not to mention at the time we were all on our cellphones, iPads and Kindle Fire at the same time. 

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