With the solar eclipse on the horizon on august 21st, I won’t be the first to burn up some bytes writing about how much things have changed since the last one.
I’m sure I won’t be the last.
The list of ways our lives have changed since that last eclipse on February 5, 1979 is an incredibly long and impressive one.
The first desk top computer, which boasted a whopping 40 megabyte hard-drive, used January 1st of the following year as their default start date.
They’ve long since been replaced by smaller faster machines we can carry around.
Also in 1979, none of us had anything but a telephone that sat on a desk or hung from a wall in our homes or at work.
Payphones dotted many a street corner phone booth to the point that towns were judged based on the number they had.
Cable TV, satellite, high definition television, the smart phone, and cordless power tools that were predicted in forward-thinking publications in 1979 have revolutionized our lives in those short 38 years.
I’ll leave the question of whether we’re really better off as a people than we were when that last eclipse occurred to the college sociology professors.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been too busy living through the changes to worry about that.
That’s the way I see it.