I left the workplace in 2000. Believe it or not at least half of the workforce did not use email or even know what it was.
That particular comment provided the inspiration for today's post about the World Wide Web.
Most of my readers today and frankly, a whole generation of people (starting with my daughter's age) grew up with the advance technology that is the Internet: good search engines, texting, e-mails, instant messaging and in starting in the mid early 2000's, quality social media and hi-tech video games.
But there is an entire generation of people, starting in the neighborhood of my age (roughly 5+ years south of 49), who actually grew up not only in the pre-Internet age, but in the Internet childhood as well.
To whit: When I started working in an office environment in 1996, that was my first hardcore exposure not only to computers, but to the dawning of the Internet, e-mails, fax machines, etc. etc. etc. Back then, List Servs were the e-mail community of choice. Also, the e-mail system of choice back in the 1990's was something called Groupwise. However, by the early 2000's the e-mail system of choice was Outlook (and we all know how that is).
Anywho, back to the subject at hand, the World Wide Web.
When was a lad between the ages of my daughter and my son, my early experiences with computers mostly dealt with very cheesy games written in BASIC and doing simply programs in BASIC. COBOL was the language of choice for businesses, and we loaded up programs/games with 5 1/4" floppies and cassettes.
Fast forward to 1996.
In 1996, when I started working in the office environment, it was the dawn of the Internet age, so to speak. As I like to say, back in the day, the office technology went something like this for me:
1} There was no Internet Explorer to use when I first started working in the office environment (even though it came to life in 1995 with Windows 95), only Netscape.
2} E-mail was just starting to come to life as a tangible business medium, thus the telephone was still an important tool to use.
3} I used such dead programs as Firefox (the database system, not the browser), antique technology like the typewriter, and I had an ungodly/unwieldy chart of shortcuts to use for Word.
4} I had huge monstrosities for a computer. You know, the kind of computer where you needed two people to lift it.
5} Social media was non-existent, but we had fun tuning into different radio stations from around the world. While a co-worker's favorite during that time was an indie radio station WFMU 91.1, mine was either KTUH or Triple J. And our job would crackdown every so often due to overuse of bandwith elsewhere.
6} I became somewhat proficient at using a fax machine, the world's best spam machine.
And finally, unlike some of my peers, I never became a computer junkie, which is probably why I didn't start yelling at my work computer until 2006, when I moved to my current agency of non-choice. And when I say never became a computer junkie, I mean that I can dis-attach myself from it without suffering severe withdrawal symptoms.
Yes, my friends, I am an antiquity, in that not only am I the original MTV generation (MTV came to life in 1981), but I am also the original Internet generation.
God help us all.
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