POC Blog

The random technotheolosophical blogging of Reid S. Monaghan

Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years

PC World has a fun article up about the 50 greatest gadgets of the last 50 years. Of course all such lists are pespectival in nature, but it is fun to see all the gizmos over the last 1/2 century. Now, whether or not these have made life "better" is a deep and philosophical question. That we must save for other days... Here is the list of these boogers that I have owned:
  • Walkman
  • iPod
  • PalmPilot 1000 (US Robotics!)
  • Atari Video Computer System (1977)
  • Sony Betamax (1975) Yep, we bought one, but when it went the way of the T Rex we got a VHS :)
  • Iomega Zip Drive (1995) - though I went with a Syquest EZDrive first!
  • Play, Inc. Snappy Video Snapshot (1996) - used it with our VHSC camcorder to digitize video
  • Milton Bradley Simon (1978) - this was the first Christmas that I found out the secret about Santa Claus