I took this photo in 1996. I was thinking about how different things were back then – technology wise.
Things that were analog in 1996 that are now digital
TV Signals – we had rabbit ears on our TV or cable. We were too poor to have cable.
Telephone calls – we had a phone number from the phone company. Now we have VOIP. Noone I knew had a cell phone.
Booking a plane ticket – we called our travel agent at 1-800-fly-cheap.
Photography – a roll of film was my only option.
Renting movies at Blockbuster – VHS cassettes at the video store or what was on TV.
Finding a restaurant – yellow pages or word of mouth.
Getting directions – ask, guess or read a map. My navigation was my wife.
Researching a paper – dig through the books at the library.
Banking – ATM’s or walk into the branch.
Radio – Tune to the station, not the satellite.
Music – CD’s or Tapes no MP3, M4a, WAV files.
Internet – Novelty websites loaded with a phone line going 28.8k per second.
Mail – You actually had to mail a letter unless you were on the cutting edge with electronic mail.
Money – Credit cards, cash or write a check. No debit cards.
Weather report – Watch the news.
Get the news – Watch the news, read the newspaper.
Texting – not invented yet.
Get a phone number – call 411.
Learn how to _______ – read a book, ask a friend. No YouTube to teach you anything you want to know.
Can you think of anything else? I’m sure the list is much, much longer than this.