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How Did We Live Without These Technologies 10 Years Ago!
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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

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:50 AM | Innovation

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We had most of the stuff on that list back in 1996, it was called "Geocities Free Web Hosting".

Posted by: DensityDuck at January 7, 2010 6:46 PM

I remember geocities 'golden' days. Lot of people had those crappy page full of animated banner and popup :)

Posted by: Andrea love Wii Fit at July 24, 2010 11:06 AM

The web has changed SO much. I got online in 1996 with my first computer.
I remember a lot of banners, animations and pop-ups. *sigh

Now I have a blog, no more manually updating HTML pages...limited functionality with GeoCities....we can do so much online today!

And social media blew the roof off the joint!

Posted by: Technology SAL at July 24, 2010 1:41 PM

Yes, I remember my first days of being online back in 1992 with AOL. They gave you that AOL cd with the computer you bought back then. Dial-up (tell everyone in the house not to use the phone for an hour til you were done etc.) The adult sights were flashing and ridgid (no pun intended, ha), everything seemed surreal.

It was so exciting! This brand new portal into anything and everything. Although, so limited by today's standards, still exciting. I can't wait to see what the next 20 years holds for us. Heck, even the next 5 years!

Good luck to us all on this crazy web-coaster!

Posted by: Tony's fatcow discount at July 24, 2010 5:48 PM

We need open source digital SLR cameras! :(

Posted by: trick photography blog at July 25, 2010 6:04 PM

Interesting list. It is amazing how much good stuff is free these days. How would we manage with Wordpress, Open Office etc.

Posted by: WebSite Hosting Plans at July 26, 2010 10:17 AM

To be honest I bought my first computer 5 years ago. I'm not too tech but since I opened for the first time the window of the www from a corner of my apartment all of these terms above became important to me . Why? Cause I decided to make a living from the same corner using that technological progress. Which gave the possibility that I have today reaching the world.

Posted by: Cesar at August 6, 2010 5:44 PM

I personally think the web was much more fun when it wasn't a daily thing.. and more of a new thing to explore.

Posted by: kelso at August 12, 2010 5:06 AM

People were born empty and goes empty so what comes in middle is just a medium of happiness and desires which gets fulfilled and again we try something new and highly equipped.i still think that there will be some more other things to come when we will realize the above mention things will be old one day...
keep on writing it's interesting, still improvement is needed.

Posted by: South County banners at September 3, 2010 7:01 AM

Interesting post, indeed technology is going forward really fast.



Posted by: Chin at October 28, 2010 8:17 PM

I think I would add Google search engine to the list. I use it for finding out how to spell a word. Guess what it is faster and better the the spelling checker inside of Microsoft Word.

Posted by: Larry at October 30, 2010 3:06 PM

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