Eric and Nina are only 20 years old, but in terms of technological progress, it's like a hundred years have passed.
This is what the kids will notice while watching the tour:
- Everything is SLOW. Logging in to the Internet via dial up modem (see minute 1:40) - slow. Ordering a CD (9:30) - so slow that they give up. It's all very slow.
- What's on the screen - numbers and characters - looks a lot like the gibberish you see on the computers in The Matrix.
- 3:02 Clinton's inaugural speech. Now we are not talking a video, or even an audio file. It's just an accessed text document.
- Hardware - the only thing that looks like it does today is the keyboard.
- 7:30 - NASA has developed video conferencing. But it's not available to the consumer.
- (17:07) - "Internet talk radio." Exciting? Not.
- Geeks rule - they are creating the Internet, they use the Internet.
- Bad nineties outfits - see 19:02
- Bad nineties hair - see 23:41
- Canon's latest laptop - clunky at 4lbs - everything that today's sleek laptops are not. Bundled with a printer and costing between $1,600 and $2,000 - or $2,600 and $3,200 in 2014 dollars.
- Alacrity, (who every heard of them?) introduces a printer that copies and faxes - all for $500, ($820 in 2014.)
So children, take out your 5S model iPhones, and your circa 2012 MacBook Pros. Now look at them.
A moment of appreciation, please.