Saturday, January 03, 2009

Technology and love

I'm watching "You've Got Mail," that romantic 1998 flick with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. They are conducting a relationship via email (hence the name of the movie) and don't realize that they are rivals in the book selling business. It's a sweet movie.

But what's really funny is watching Hanks and Ryan, circa 1998, only 10 years ago, booting up their primitive laptops and logging onto AOL, listening to the connection take (whee EEE eee) and then waiting for the the infamous line, you've got mail!

Boy, has technology come a long way.

On the other hand, there's a scene where they are both online and Hanks sends Ryan an IM, or at least, a primitive version of IM. Embarrassingly, I haven't used IM until just this year, while on Facebook. So it's interesting to see that they had it back then.

And I'm typing this on a laptop. Using wireless.

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