Now this is not about how old I am getting, I don’t want you thinking I wake up get to the Supermarket only to find I am missing my jeans and my bright blue boxers are on show… My memory is not quite that bad yet.
Though it is a little to do with Supermarkets. I went to have my eye test this morning, only to find on my arrival that the Optician was ill and I had risen from the warmth and comfort of my bed for nothing.
What a good start to a day off.
I decided not to waste the fact I was up so stopped at the Supermarket on the way home. After picking up the essentials such as bread, cookies, salmon and burger. (yes I know I have an odd diet, but that’s what comes with IBS)
Standing in line at the checkout I found myself staring at the small shelves of products they have to tempt you with that last purchase as you queue. Firstly I thought of how the times had changed, instead of sweets and crisps for the kids I was now presented with itunes gift cards and a wide selection of USB sticks.
Now, I normally buy mine on-line, I can get 64gb for £10 on ebay, that’s the kind of value for money that high street struggles to keep up with. Anyhow, whilst I was pondering the cost of their range against what I can obtain elsewhere it stuck me how much we take for granted the amount of memory and data storage we have now.
I grew up on the ZX81 this, if you are not aware already had 1k RAM, yes 1k and if you had the money you could buy the 16k expansion pack. I had the ZX81 bought for my birthday, I spent hours if not days stacked on top of cushions in my bedroom tapping in endless lines of code just to get the most simplest of games to work. The game was saved on to a cassette tape.
It made me smile at the thought of kids today doing the same and how many would in fact have the will to keep at it?
It’s progressed a long way, and that’s the great thing every year we progress more and more, technology is moving at such a rate that it’s hard to know what is current.
I am pleased that I no longer have to spend three days writing code in order that some square looking badger can dodge some other squares moving down an old TV screen, but I also miss the feeling of accomplishment.