Monday, April 14, 2008
What happened to the information super-highway?
Back in the "old days" (maybe nearly 5 years ago) we used to hear all this talk of the information super-highway. I haven't heard that in a while. I've heard about social networking/computing, semantic web, and of course the über web 2.0. Sites with useful or nifty services (google, flickr, del.icio.us, wikipedia) or those with viral penetration (myspace, facebook, youtube) have become parts of our new lexicon.
But what's happened to the highway? Are we on it? Have we surpassed it? Has information technology graduated up to flying cars and sky-ways and left the super-highway asphalt old and cracked far below, metaphorically speaking? We just never hear anyone talk about it any more. I miss the old highway.
Maybe I'll dust off my old US Robotics 28.8 Kbaud modem and see if I can remember what the old ride used to feel like. Although, I don't think it will feel quite the same over my VOIP based phone service carried on a 6.5 megabit cable line. And does windows Vista even support the serial port?
You can never really go home again.