I am of an age that I can look back to see all the changes that have happened in the world and wonder how we got along without all the gadgets. I remember a simpler time where there were no computers, no cell phones, no social networking, no email. There was nothing vaguely electronic in our lives except maybe a transitor radio which I guess wasn’t really electronic. Oh well…
These things have become a part of our every day lives. We take for granted inventions that would have been a wonder for us in the seventies. I remember my first Texas Instrument calculator (which replaced the slide rule we used in chemistry). That piece of electronics changed my view of math ( ha, still didn’t make me like it). I also remember the first air conditioner we hung proudly in our window, cooling the living room when I was five. Ah, lying there in utter contentment and not sweating. I remember the first color television we bought, a clunky small thing but oh so fascinating! And cable television! Wow, we could get more than three channels! I was grown and working as an attorney when we bought our first PC – another clunky slow thing but such a wonderment! And the first brick phone! I felt like Mudair, secret agent! Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Considering the waves of technology engulfing us every day. You buy a phone or a computer and it’s already old, replaced by newer faster technology. Kind of makes your head spin.
But to me the greatest invention was the post-it note. I cannot live without my little yellow sticky notes. I write messages to myself, stick them places and wah-lah I can remember what I am doing. Yes, I know, my cell phone can do reminders but nothing can replace seeing that yellow sticky note on my dashboard reminding me to go by the grocery store and buy milk. I will hold onto my little yellow pads, a comfort. I praise the inventor, whoever he or she is/was, because that little yellow piece of paper has kept me on time and on task for years.
What is the greatest modern invention in your opinion? What has helped you the most? What could you not live without?