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With Mike Mullikin celebrating 55 years on this earth it has made me think about my lifetime and particularly the technical innovations I have seen and experienced. I have a few years on Mike so I go back a little further. For example I can remember Sputnik in 1957 and TV beginning in my home city of Perth in 1959. I saw a microwave oven in about 1966 (Philips). The first computer I encountered was an IBM 1620 and I ran a Basic program on it in 1968. This sat in a room next to a huge Cyber. Of course I watched the moon landing live in 1969. Hand held calculators arrived and I reveled in my HP-25. As a post-grad student I fired a Q switched dye laser to burn a hole in a razor blade late one night. About the same time optical fibre communications commenced. I built a Z-80 based micro from a kit in about 1981. The IBM PC came and with it with PC software (database, spreadsheet etc). Then came BBS and acoustic modems. The internet, cds, ink jet printers, flat screen displays, digital cameras, cnc machines, gps, wifi, cellphones and many other things have followed.
When I think about all these innovations my personal choice as the most amazing in my lifetime is the global positioning system (gps) which relies on many of the above technologies as well as Einstein. Fibre optics a close second. What do others think? I am especially curious about which recent innovations have grabbed people.
Peter Wasser

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell


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