Who Remembers Technology in 2000?
Dial-up, Zip drives, and back up tape were all the rage in the year 2000. Technology was rapidly evolving and as new business owners we were taking advantage of the latest gadgets to make sure we were on the cutting edge. A lot has changed since we founded IT Resource 18 years ago, let’s take a look.
Cell Phone Chatter
To make sure we were always available when our customers needed us, we relied on the latest in cellular phone technology. We no longer needed to carry around a “brick phone” because these phones conveniently fit right in our pockets. But don’t forget to keep track of your minutes!
The Nokia 3310 featured enhanced SMS capabilities by allowing a 459-character text limit — 3x longer than the standard SMS. The Ericsson R380 featured a black and white touchscreen, partially covered by a flip and the R320 was one of the first phones with a WAP browser.
Surfing the Web
Morning routines consisted of grabbing a cup of coffee and surfing the web to check on the latest Information Technology news. Broadband technology (meaning any connection faster than dial-up) was all the rage and we were on board. We had business to take care of and waiting for dial-up wasn’t an option. Who remembers this scenario… make sure no one else was using the phone, double click the America Online button, wait while you got dialed in. Wait a little longer. Still waiting. Then, bing…you’re in! You can now successfully play Solitaire online, or wait 10 minutes for a 3.5 mg song to download. If you’re lucky, you might even hear those three familiar words, “You’ve Got Mail!”
Backing Up Data
Security has always been a top priority, that’s why we made sure to back up all our files at the end of the work day. We used a top of the line tape backup that had the capability of holding a whopping 110GB of data. Just make sure you don’t forget to take the backup tape off premises at the end of the day – there would be no lost files on our watch! These days the amount of backup space available is almost infinite with the advent of the cloud (which didn’t exist back then).
What else is celebrating their 18th birthday with us?
18 years in business is a big milestone, and we’re not alone. Here are a few other products and industries that made their debut in the year 2000.
- PlayStation 2 – Selling more than 150 million units, this is one of the most successful game systems ever released
- USB Flash Drive – You could store a lot of files with their 8mg capacity
- The Sims – It became the best-selling PC game of all time
- Y2K – Despite a few minor glitches on New Year’s Day 2000, no major problems occurred
- Google Adwords – It launched in October of 2000 with 350 customers
- Internet Explorer – Version 5.5 was released in July, 2000
- Twitter.com – Made its debut in January, 2000
Where do you think technology will take us in the next 18 years? Comment below and who knows, in 2036 maybe we’ll look this post up and see who was right.
IT Resource provides email and network security, data backup and recovery, mobile device management, and cloud services to customers in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Fort Wayne, and throughout the midwest. Contact us today to get started on your IT systems.