As time goes by...
Submitted by m_estrugo on April 5, 2006 - 11:40
What geeky/comic/culture things were you doing 20/15/10/5 years ago?
20 years ago, I used to spend all my spare time (and scarce money) playing videogames at the arcade, and thought computers were just calculators able to handle alpha-numeric data, cryptic, strange machines that vaguely resembled typewriters that required a whole college degree to use. I'm not fond of maths, and weren't even by then, so I thought I wouldn't have access to a computer in my life.
15 years ago, I read on a computer magazine and that Logitech had released a hand scanner for Mac that "would let users to capture pictures up to 256 shades of grey right into their computer's screens". The price of the device was 2500 dollars or the stuff. I thought that little, weirdly shaped device was ubercool, but as far away from my reach as a trip to Jupiter.
10 years ago, I was vaguely aware of the 'information superhighways' that the US government wanted to popularize. I remember I read a funny article on a general information magazine saying all Americans would spend the future roaming among the thousands of "newsgroups" on Usenet with names as funny as alt.barney.die.die.die. Back by then, I didn't have the slightest idea on how to use the Internet, how to connect, or even how to read a newsgroup on Usenet. And felt really envious of Americans and their luck, too.
5 years ago, I tried my first serious attempt to do a web-based comic. I was aware that there had been a few dozens of web-based comics on the Internet, and some of them even updated regularly. Still, the Internet was a geeky realm, so getting more than 4 or 5 hits per day was impossible, since there were no ways to advertise your comic on the Internet.
Nowadays, I've learned there's no way to forecast the future. :)