I can always remember having a television. A black and white set, then a colour and its only been this last year, that we have had one that isn't a foot deep. Of course don't forget that the first tv's didn't have remote controls - the remote was your legs lol
Our first 'stereo' that I recall, was a huge brown thing, in sort of a tortoise shell finish. It played records in sizes of 45, 33 1/3 and 78, and we had ones in all those sizes. I think it had a radio on it as well, but don't know if this is right or not. Next was cassette tapes that everyone loved, since they didn't scratch and you could copy them for your friends. Cd's replaced records and tapes and now more popular is the ipod or mp3 players.
While on stereos it reminds me of video players. In 1984 we bought a beta video player. It would play large video cassettes. The same size cassettes were used in video recorders, which then went to super 8 tapes that were around the size of a music cassette, then they went onto internal hard drives or sd cards. Video players, turned into dvd players and now onto hard drive recorders that will also play dvd's.
Cars also took advantage of this technology. They had no radio, to tape players, cd players and now radio/cd/ipod players.
The first telephone I remember, was my grandmothers. It was one that you had to wind the handle on and ask the exchange for who you wanted. I think I was around 6 at this time. We didn't get a phone until I was around 12 or 13. When we did, it had a lock so we couldn't make any calls out. The first thing we did when around 14 we had one we could make calls from, was to ring the time. Who remembers ... 'On the third stroke, it will be ... o'clock'? lol
We got our first mobile phone around 1988 or 1989. It was around 10 inches long, 2 inches wide and about an inch and a half thick. Certainly not something you could throw in your pocket haha. How many remember that you had an aerial on them, that you had to pull out to get reception? All I can say is that I am glad they got a lot smaller.
At school we used manual typewriters that meant you had to retype any document you made a mistake on. Electric typewriters came next, and they used touch typing instead of the pounding of the older ones. They also had a built in white out, so that if you made an error you could correct it. Then came computers.
Our first computer back in 1994, was a second hand DOS that I got from a friend. You would have to enter in commands so that you could use it to type up documents. Our first computer that had Internet access was back in I think 1995 (around when I first met you Bob). They were extremely slow and not many people had it. A whole new world opened up to everyone with it. You could 'talk' via icq to people all over the world. The monitors were big like the first televisions but on a smaller scale. I loved meeting new people and still am in contact with some of the first people I met - Bob, Kathy and Chris.
Now there are laptops and broadband and in some areas cable. You can have Internet on your phone and the world has become a much, much smaller place. From needing to have a phone, television, video player, radio, etc we now just have one device that does it all and will fit in your pocket instead of your whole house.
Won't it be exciting and amazing to see where technology takes us next!