Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 10:47am

Old Computer Nostalgia

Posted by Jordan Erickson

Bytecollector.comI stumbled across this site while reading an article about the Kmscon Project. Bryan has quite a collection of old computer equipment, and showcases them on his website, ByteCollector.com – quite an interesting ‘dig’ into early mainframe, minicomputer and other technology that has been far surpassed by smaller, faster and more capable devices.

To think that just 30 years ago people were using technology that would, by today’s standards, be considered unusable is unbelievable to me. Of course, 30 years ago computer technology was geared toward much different goals (back-office business/corporate and government tasks) than what most people are used to today (playing Angry Birds?). But for me, to look back and see what people accomplished with what seems like a dinosaur computer system is amazing. I have heard many times that we sent our first man to the moon with the technology equivalent of a Commodore 64 computer. It makes me wonder, are we spoiled with technology today? Could we be using the incredible power and speed of today’s computer technology for much more than what we are? With software growing in size, taking advantage of faster processor speeds and more memory, do we really need to focus on giving desktop icons the capability of displaying millions of colors? 😉

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