Jul 28

We’ve all had to listen to stories about how our parents had to walk to school each day, through the snow, uphill both ways.  We’d roll our eyes and laugh at the “primitive” life our parents led.  But as our generation grows older, the products and technologies that defined our youth are also fading fast from memory.

Let’s face it, the world is changing at an accelerating pace.  Moore’s Law ensures that the world continues to make things smaller, faster and better.  Unlike hand-me-down clothes, the technology we grew up with will NOT be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks.

In this spirit, Wired Magazine has created a list of 100 things your kids may never know.  For example:

  • The scream of a modem connecting
  • The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
  • 8, 5 and 3-inch floppy discs
  • Storing data on tapes
  • Using jumpers to set IRQs
  • DOS
  • Green-screen dumb terminals accessing a mainframe
  • Daisy chaining SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID
  • Counting in kilobytes
  • Having to constantly delete things to make room on the hard drive
  • Booting the computer from a floppy disk

100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

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Article published on July 28, 2009

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