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Rolling with the changesPosted Friday, October 30, 2009, at 7:47 AM
This isn't the actual edition, it was published in 1998.
Well, in helping with these changes and yesterday sitting through a webinar (another new word) on Social networking and your newspaper it kind of made me a little nostalgic. Not for the days of old mind you, but for the early days of the Internet. Not to the point that I want those days back, just that I want to look back and laugh.
For starters, my dad was always into the technical stuff when I was little so I had my first computer very young and by, I believe, 1994 we had Internet service at our house.
Once it was hooked up I remember my dad and I sitting down with a book called the World Wide Web Yellow Pages and looking at sites for the Smithsonian and the Museum of Natural History. It was sooooo slow but soooo cool.
To have all of that at your fingertips right in your own living room was just amazing to me.
If course, in the 15 years since things have come a long way. Even though it's now common place and we're even getting online with our telephones, don't take for granted how impressive some of this new technology is and how fortunate we are to be able to have all of this information right a our fingertips.
When I was little we had an encyclopedia in the living room, but now if my children are doing research for a paper there is such a breadth of information out there that it doesn't hold a candle to that old book. With videos, pictures and interviews it gives them the ability to actually interact with history.
Do you remember your early Internet experience and what you thought?
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