This is a journey of finding yourself and how your loved ones see you in their eyes. Further, this can be online and carried forward to share, if you wish, to future generations. - See more at: http://joannfitz.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/the-book-of-me-written-by-you-topic-1.html#sthash.2TuO2bVu.dpuf
This is a journey of finding yourself and how your loved ones see you in their eyes. Further, this can be online and carried forward to share, if you wish, to future generations. - See more at: http://joannfitz.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/the-book-of-me-written-by-you-topic-1.html#sthash.2TuO2bVu.dpufThe prompt for the week is:
- What technology changes did your ancestors see?
- What technology changes have you seen?
- Did your family own one of those early changes? - such as television
- Do you like or dislike technology?
- What do you think has been the best technological change in your lifetime and historically?
My Ancestors Technology
My Great Grandparents
I know when my paternal great grandfather Adam came from Poland to the US, about 1911 or so, it was during the industrial revolution. My great grandmother Mary and grandmother Jean followed in 1920. However, during that time, Adam would have seen farming go from almost no machinery to
|Sample of picture of jobs of the industrial revolution - image taken from http://www.gaumatanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/house.jpg|
|Betamax machines (from Wikipedia)|
My grandparents seen more technology because of the years of innovation - this ranged from radios to phones with answering machines and black and white television. I still remember my grandmother's face when I brought a small Pac Man portable game when I went to visit her. I do remember when I would spend a few weeks with my grandmother she was confused with records (remember the 33's and 45's), answering machines. She figured if anyone wanted to talk to her they would call back, she understood records but not the record players which were used in the 1970's and 1980's. My grandmother Jean and I used to play cards or to bring something to read. I do know at one point my grandmother had a camera that when she took a picture put it on a glass plate. We know this because one of the pictures my father gave me the print of we could tell because my husband's family, which had photographers in it, took those types of pictures.
My grandmother Jean drove a car as well. My great grandfather Adam didn't as he would take the bus from New Jersey to Newburgh, New York to see my grandmother and my father. My grandmother did drive, however, it was not very fast due to her being in a serious car/train accident in the mid 1930's where she went through the windshield and almost died. She suffered until she died because she would have tiny slivers of glass her pores would spit out every now and then. I helped her get them out every time I went to her apartment. Because of that, she drove very slow and very carefully until she passed away.
Technology I've seen
When I was born, there was already black and white televisions and the telephone. I do remember the telephone party lines we had which were annoying and I didn't use the phone because of it, but I knew many people loved them. However, it wasn't until the mid 1970s my father had an answering machine. I still remember when HBO and then, later, Cinemax or cable started. I remember the turntables which had a radio in them. The radio which you could turn on the 70's disco lights and flash and dance like John Travolta. LOL.
Then in the early 1980's we went from black and white TV to colour TV and by mid 1980's we had an Atari game console. I loved my watch with a calculator in it. I had a bicycle that was a 10 speed, and I still remember Mom and I trying to figure out how to use an electric stove with a cleaner in it. I also had a Polaroid camera and then the rolls of film, then onto the daisy wheel film.
|Atari Game picture from http://arcade-games-web.com/galleries/atari/atari_2600_5.jpg|
|One of the Polariod's I used to use - http://www.georges.com.au/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/270x270/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/i/m/imp600camcloseup.jpg|
|Daisy Wheel Negatives - https://www.flickr.com/photos/cdevers/2782581581/|
|Franklin ACE 500 computer (no monitor is shown but it had one) take from http://oldcomputers.net/pics/ace500-right.jpg|
|The Oregon Trail game - screen print from http://lparchive.org/Oregon-Trail-(by-Chewbot)/Update%202/13-introGame1.jpg|
Then in the 1990's, I bugged all the teachers about the Apple computers and finally they let me to a trade school for Business Computer Technology which we used adding machines and 286 computers with the monochrome screens to do things like typing and letters. It was great - I was using a computer and loved it. By the time I graduated in 1991 and started Orange County Community College, I learned how to program, use a computer to do helpful things. I couldn't get enough. This included at night when my mother wasn't at home, I found a place I could dial into and play Bulletin Board Role Playing Games.
|286 Computer - image from http://ksinfos.perso.sfr.fr/Collection/computers/ibm/xt-286/Dscf3947.jpg|
Then you have the things the computers and attachments can do today - scanning, photocopying, faxing, saving, USB sticks, USBs, idrives, and the list goes on and one. I know if my grandparents and back further could see the things we can do now - wow! They would be completely shocked and concerned about everything.
Even if you go between countries (like we do between the US and Australia), you run into huge differences. For instance, my sister came out to visit a few years ago from the US. She couldn't understand why we didn't have any toll booths but heard beeps. I showed her that the beeps were us going through the toll booths and we just pay an account. She was shocked - pleased but shocked.