Saturday, February 21, 2009

Waxing Nostalgic...

When I was a little girl, I used to tag along with my grandfather to his office. His (now defunct) company used to process steel for industrial use. His office is just a quaint 2 story structure which looks like a house-inside-a-warehouse. I used to be fascinated with their adding machines, which do not have LCD or even light screens but just have a roll of paper tape wherein whatever you add is printed and the result comes out when you pull on the lever. Everything else was strictly by hand -- record keeping, inventory, accounting, you name it, somebody does it by hand and keeps a copy of it somewhere in the office. Computers were unheard of. Telephones were the dial type. Oh, yeah, everywhere you can hear the tap-tap-tap of manual typewriters.

Nowadays, most offices are located in commercial centers, in high or mid rise buildings. You can hardly find an office who does not have even a single computer. You'd panic you don't have enough laptop memory to store all the data that you need. Telephones were push button types and everybody sports his or her own cellular phone.

Times have certainly changed...