I do love it when I can work in a Ten on Tuesday post and this week’s topic is “10 Ways the World Has Changed Since You’ve Been in School.” Hmmm. I’ve been in and out of school several times in the last couple of decades, graduating from high school and then college and then graduate school. I think for the sake of simplicity, though, that I’ll choose to make a list of changes since 1987, the year I graduated from college. Furthermore (don’t I sound like a college graduate when I use words like furthermore?) I think I’ll limit my list to technological changes.
1. The internet. It was just beginning to be usable when I was in grad school. We learned to use Archie to try and find things because in those days if you didn’t know the URL, you were screwed. Since then I can honestly say that the internet has changed my life, both professionally and personally. Oh, and also, I love Google. It’s a verb, you know.
2. Email. I love me some email. Instant communication at it’s best, even though the kids think email is outdated and they’d rather use texting. Speaking of texting . . .
3. Cell Phones. I got my first cell phone in 1996 and now I can’t imagine life without one.
4. DVR. The ability to pause live tv is a truly wonderful change. No more missing important dialogue or plot developments because the phone rings, no more waiting for a commercial to go the bathroom, get a snack or have a drink.
5. Laptops. I have a laptop that I bring home everyday. All my files are in the same place. This makes my computer life incredibly easier. Speaking of laptops . . .
6. Wireless Technology. Blogging from my deck, need I say more?
7. Library automation. Everything at work is automated. Cataloging, checking out books, placing holds (from home even!), ordering books and supplies. So.much.easier. Remember the ca-chunk of the old gaylord charing machine at the library? Yeah, we don’t miss those either.
8. CDs. These have been around for a long long time now but I visited a friend with a brand new CD player right after I graduated from college. He paid $1000 for it. And now they’ve been replaced with . . .
9. iPods. Because, really, carrying all those CDs around was just such a nuisance.
10. Digital cameras. And truly, thank goodness for digital cameras because having one allows me to end my blog post with this image.
My scotch broom is in bloom.