Technology (316/365)

by Lee Santiva November. 12, 2019 100 views

Public telephone in Germany - taken in October 2019.

Public telephone in Germany - taken in October 2019.

Do you remember using a public pay phone?

In West Germany in the 1980's not every household had its own phone. Back then, it was normal (at least for my husband's family and everyone he knew) to leave the house and go down the street to make a call from the public phone booth.

In the evenings, the public phone booth was often occupied and you had to wait until the other caller ran out of coins to get your turn.

In 2019 every person living in Germany has either a landline inside their house or a mobile phone (statistically speaking).

Pay phone booths in Austria - taken August 2019

Pay phone booths in Austria - taken August 2019


Computers and computing devices such as smartphones and tablets have transformed daily life due to the continuous advances in technology.

Over the past six decades, there has been a 1 trillion-fold increase in computing performance. There are pocket-sized devices today which have the same computing power as a supercomputer which took up an entire room in 1980. (*2)

When it was introduced in 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System had 1.8Mhz of CPU and 2KB of RAM. Today, a Playstation 4S has 1.6Ghz of CPU and 8 GB of RAM.

When I converting the unit of measure from Gigabyte (GB) into Kilobyte (KB):

  • 1985: 2 KB
  • 2019: 8,000,000 KB

Video games require a lot of processing power, and since technology has become so affordable, McDonalds can offer video games for free to anyone (you don't even have to be a paying customer).

Free video games for children at McDonalds in Germany

Free video games for children at McDonalds in Germany

Now I'm gonna sound old, but I remember when the best thing for little kids was the plastic toy inside a Happy Meal, but then again, I remember using a public pay phone.

McDonalds has completely digitalized its service in other ways, to learn more please read my blog: Hamburger

Sources:

  1. https://rp-online.de/panorama/deutschland/deutschland-so-viele-telefonzellen-gibt-es-noch_aid-35893417
  2. https://pages.experts-exchange.com/processing-power-compared

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Buster Bruce 2 months ago

Enjoyed your commentary Lee. I remember those days too!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Buster Bruce 2 months ago

smile   Maybe there’ll be a grey-haired emoji soon - 😱 Thanks for commenting today I’m always appreciative to hear if people found it interesting

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Benny Law 2 months ago

Your posts are interesting and informative (just the right amount), and I like your writing style.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Benny Law 2 months ago

Thanks Benny I really appreciate the compliment! The blogtext capability is one of the things which makes Photoblog as a platform so unique because it’s a great combination of photo and text

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