This morning a friend had commented on a blog post and mentioned something that caused me to think of something — screensavers! Remember when every computer had a screensaver and you could pick what you wanted as your screensaver or download new ones from the internet?
I asked Vince . . do computers still have screensavers? He said mostly they don’t because the LED screens are “backlit” so leaving something on without a screensaver doesn’t burn an image into the screen.
It’s funny how I never even noticed we no longer have them til she mentioned something that made me think of it.
Another thing that I think is really funny from the much farther back past – cameras! I’ve always loved taking pictures. I was probably about 10 years old when my parents got me one of those polaroid type cameras that the picture slides out the bottom and there was some kind of thing you had to rub across the picture to either make it show up or preserve it. I can’t even remember but I remember having pictures that were “scratchy” looking because I hadn’t rubbed the stuff across it very smoothly.
Then I got a camera that had film! It was fairly expensive to have the photos developed before the one hour photo places popped up and they put discount coupon in all the packs of pictures they developed so if you came back to them, it didn’t cost so much. I can remember dropping off a roll of film at a one hour kiosk on my lunch hour and running by to pick it up after work . . so excited to see the pictures I’d taken. Or worse . . I’d drop my film off in the mall, spend an hour shopping while waiting for the pictures to get developed. Those often ended up being very costly pictures! 🙂
There were the old flash cubes that always made me jump, even when I knew it was fixing to happen . . whether I was the one taking the picture or being photographed. I remember hoping the picture was right but having to wait til it was developed to see if I’d cut off the top of someone’s head or if someone had their eyes closed. Nowadays, using my phone, I’ll click 2 or 3 pictures just to make sure one is good. Back then, it was too expensive and I’d waste all my film if I took several pictures of the same thing, just hoping one would be a good picture. I remember finding a roll of film in a drawer and wondering what the heck was on that roll, taking it to get it developed just to see what was on it.
I was telling Vince . . when you think about the cost of film, flash bulbs, developing costs, what I paid for my phone, which is about all I use for a camera any more . . not so expensive for the phone, especially considering that you can take off the cost of not having a land line. Of course, my phones cost a mere fraction of what some phones cost because I never have the newest and greatest but it serves my purpose.
I think of younger people – Chad and Nicole for instance. They don’t even realize what it used to be like. Chad will call and tell me about something he’s made and he’ll say “Check your messages” and there will be a picture of it – instantly from Missouri to Texas. We would have to take the picture, finish using the roll of film, take it to get it developed, get an extra copy made of something we wanted to share, mail it off and wait 4 or 5 days for my grandparents or whomever to get it . . then they would write us back and tell us how much they loved the picture and we’d get their note in 4 or 5 days! How things have changed in so many ways. It’s kinda fun to think back on things we never think about.