This week’s topic on old-school technologies hasn’t really inspired me…….not sure why, but it may have something to do with my poor memory. I joke with friends about not remembering what I had last night for supper, but it’s true that a lot of my past has turned into a hazy recollections.
And that also applies to the “old school” technologies that I grew up with. Believe me, they weren’t old school at the time!
So, which technologies had the most influence on my career (and feel free to contribute yours) ?
For me, let’s see……
1960′s: card punch machines at university with overnight turn-around on processing
1970′s: Datapoint 2200 casstte tape minicomputers with Decision Data 96 column cardpunches; Telidon; Wang word processors; X.25; fax machines
1980′s: The PC of course; Commodore Amiga; email; OSI (especially important for me)
1990′s: World wide web; Cisco routers; Word and Powerpoint
2000′s: ITIL, Blackberry, iPhone (although its hard to call these old school yet), Blogging Idol
2012′s: Nothing old school yet. I wonder what will come next?
The overall winner for me is OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) which is a set of ISO standards that were built between 1978 and the early 90s, and which were similar in nature to the Internet…..but which never made it commercially. I was involed in helping develop the standards, and spent a good number of brain cells on the topic. Even wrote a book back in 1990. It also launched my consulting career.
Was there a similar influencing technology in your career?