How has technology changed your life in the noughties?

by Barrie Hopson on December 30, 2009 · 1 comment

in New Technology

This was the subject discussed on Radio Leeds this morning by our good friend James Ward who designed this site for us. He focussed on just what Google has delivered to us in 10 years. As you can see it is far more than just search:

Google Analytics (2005). Making what were previously enterprise-level website statistics available to all – for free, of course
Google Maps (2005). Remember how clunky online maps were before?
Google Docs (2006). Taking the idea of cloud-based applications mainstream (although most people still cling to the security blanket of Microsoft Office.
YouTube (acquired 2006). The Queen launched the official Royal Channel in 2007.
Picasa (2006). Not as popular as Flickr, but free-er.
Gmail (2007 opens for all). Invites were like gold-dust until 2007 and the service only came out of beta in 2008.
Android (2007). An open source operating system for mobile phones.
Streetview (US launch 2007; UK 2008). Despite complaints from some about privacy, Google continues to photograph the whole world. They recently added Pompei
Chrome (2008 for PC, 2009 for Mac). Claims to be the fastest, most stable web browser around. Certainly beats Internet Explorer (but what doesn’t).
Google Navigation (launched in selected US cities 2009; roll-out 2010). Garmin and TomTom’s share price tumbled when Google announced release of their free turn-by-turn navigation application and they’ve been slashing prices ever since.
They’re doing quite well financially, too. In the last full financial year (to 31 December 2008) they made over $4.2 billion profit. Not bad for a company that hadn’t worked out a monetization model until 2001, when they launched AdWords.

He also reminds us that almost all of us were still on dial-up connections to the Internet in 1999.Now we’re almost all on broadband.

Changing gadgets

In 1999 most of us used:

film cameras (and photo albums)

floppy disks

road atlases

basic mobile phones



Over the decade these have been replaced by:

digital cameras (and online photo sharing)

USB memory sticks

sat nav and online maps

smartphones (Blackberries, iPhones, etc)

DVDs and BluRay

MP3 and downloads

And what will be obsolete or in terminal decline by 2019?

And of course there is the little matter of social media…………………..

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1 James Ward December 30, 2009 at 11:50 am

On the show I played the sound of dialling up to the internet. It’s interesting that this decade has seen the almost complete transition from dial-up to broadband. But if you’re missing those squeaks and groans you can relive the good old days again:

Listen to the sound of dial-up on AudioBoo

Here’s a link to the photos of the gadgets I talked about on the show:

View the photos on James Ward’s Posterous

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