The 1990s was when small computers began their march towards becoming the sleek tech companions we know today. Picture this:
- A young military brat
- Eyes wide with wonder
- Flipping through the colossal pages of Computer Shopper magazine
Amidst the bulky desktops, the little palmtops sparkled like gems of possibility. Imagine taking your computer wherever you go!
Enter my first tech flirtation: the Casio JD-5000. A business organiser in the hands of a kid who had, let’s be honest, absolutely no business to organise. It’s like a penguin at a salsa dance – charmingly out of its element, yet undeniably cool.
Then there was Coach Hairstone, my Jr. High Basketball guru, with his Apple Newton and PowerBook 180. To my young eyes, these were the Ferraris of computing. Fast-forward through saving every penny from my SysAdmin/Help Desk job in Germany, and voilà, I became the proud owner of a Toshiba Satellite Pro 430CDT. It wasn’t the tiny wizard I’d dreamed of, but it was my gateway into the world of ThinkPads, PowerBooks, and the irresistible allure of ultrasmall computing.
Fast forward to today. Here I am, setting up my Galaxy Fold 4 with a mechanical keyboard and trackball, a setup that would make my younger self’s jaw drop. A Linux terminal in my pocket? A folding screen? It’s like living in a sci-fi novel!
Sure, I don’t really need a tiny, cramped computer anymore. But there’s something irresistibly charming about carrying around a piece of powerful technology that would have seemed like pure fantasy back in the 90s. It’s a small (pun intended) reminder of how far we’ve come and a nod to that wide-eyed kid in me, still marvelling at the wonders of tech evolution.