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Old 02-16-2013, 07:09 PM
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I wouldn't envy you, even a crap CRT left a flat panel in the dust back then. It wasn't until just recently they came on par.
I remember spec'ing hardware for a large purchase of computers in 1997. The hardware guys among us really wanted to spec LCD flat panels and be the first place in town to have a bunch of them, but at the time, they would have cost about $1,000 apiece vs. a couple of hundred for CRTs. We ordered CRTs.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:13 PM
Bo Bo won $500 in our forum's Most Engaging Poster Contest - Tenth Edition (Apr-May 2014). 

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I'm slightly older than you, and I remember pagers. Pagers were like cell phones today.
I had a PCS phone and an alphanumeric pager in those days. $35/month for something like 50,000 characters of paging. Work paid for the pager.

I remember the first time the phone company sent me a text message on the PCS phone. It was shocking, because I'd had the phone for a year and had no idea my phone had that sort of capability. And in fact, the company didn't offer it to customers, they just used it themselves to notify customers about payments and other issues.

Oh and the PCS phone was about 2/3 the size of a landline handset. Far too big to carry in a pants pocket.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:05 PM
 
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In 2000, I was 16. We also at least 1 computer in the house,because my dad works as a IT guy I had my own computer then in the family room. I had AOL email and instant messager. I made CDs for friends that didn't have DSL at their home. The family had its first cell phone in 1998 or 1999, and I had to borrow it when I had track meets and they werent sure when I'd be back at the school. In fall of 2002, I started college. Most people in the dorms had a dell tower with the big CVT monitor. My parents let me get a cell phone in the early summer of 2003, a LG flip phone. Facebook came to my college in 2005.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:05 PM
 
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As for mobile phones, I first got one in 2004 at the age of 17 or 18 (most of my peers already had one), but in 1997 it was a bit different. My dad had a phone at that time (and actually did since 1989). There were a lot more cell phone providers and no "national networks", so going out of your local area would incur roaming charges, which were expensive. A "Consumer Electronics Buyer's Guide" I have from then (or 1996) recommended using a payphone to avoid higher cell phone roaming charges! Most cellular phones then were still analog, on the AMPS network. Static on calls was common, but at least the signal got through - with digital it's "all or nothing". Cell phones at the time were almost solely used for calling landline and other cell phones. They were not especially large - in fact, in the 1998 movie A Night at the Roxbury, one of those large phones is given to a character as a joke.

In the early 2000's, networks consolidated, cell phone rates became cheaper, and phones did as well. Digital was introduced, as were "family plans". Some people even disconnected their landlines in favor of cells, but not many. Some cell phones offered "mobile internet", but it was limited to WAP webpages. Camera phones began to come out around 2002 or 2003 and were of generally pitiful resolution. Text messaging was also beginning to become common by 2003 but not nearly as much as now.
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