Mor had a fun post
about when he started using different communications technologies and I thought I'd do the same. So here's the list and when they became a part of my life...
Color TV - My family always had a color TV as long as I've been alive. But I had a small little B+W with rabbit ears in my bedroom from the time I was about 6 until I was maybe 17 or so.
Cell Phone - My mom had one of those Motorola bag phones
in the mid 90s, but I didn't get my own cell phone until I was a full time employee of Motorola in 2003. That one was an i60
Personal Computer - My first PC was a Commodore 64 in 1984. I got it for my 5th b-day and was writing code in BASIC the next day. Yes, I was a little computer nerd from the start. In a month or two I was writing programs for my mom to manage her recipes and address book :)
Laptop - When my desktop died at MIT, I borrowed Ethel's laptop for a semester. That was probably in 2000. I got my own laptop soon after in 2001.
Internet - I remember the first time I used the internet quite well. I was a freshman in high school in 1994 and my spanish teacher told me to come with her to the teachers' office and play with this thing called the Web. I remember using Netscape 0.8 and looking at pages in Spanish from Spain and some stuff from France and thinking how amazing it was to see the world for "free" with no long-distance charges! The next semester I was learning HTML on my own and put our school newspaper up on the web.
Mobile Internet - I had no idea a mobile internet even existed when I had my i60. I don't remember exactly when it entered my consciousness, but it couldn't have been too long after joining motorola. Now I can't imagine life without it (as I write this from a laptop using HSDPA) :)
WiFi - I first used WiFi at MIT in around 2001. We had a network covering a good deal of campus then and we put up our own access points in the co-op that I was living in. It's really hard to imagine that it was only 6 years ago!
E-Mail - I first used email very soon after my first web experience in 1994. They created an account for me so I could email some people in spain and practice my spanish.
Streaming Media - I can't remember the first time, but it had to be right around the start of RealAudio's existence in 1995. I remember streaming music and cubs games back in the early days.
Instant Messaging - In 1995, we got AOL after much pleading on my part after having experiencing the web at school. Thus I had IM and have been a total addict ever since.
VoIP - I used VoIP in college to talk to my parents without having to pay long distance (wow...long distance, that's a concept that's gone away). Anyway, it was pretty poor quality, but I could hear them and they could hear me and that's what mattered. Probably around 2000. Starting in 2001 we started using webcams and talked over netmeeting.
Social Networks - As far as social network web sites go, my first go at it was with Six Degrees
back in 1998. I've since ridden the wave with Friendster, Orkut, Facebook, and MySpace.
Webmail - My first webmail experience was with yahoo mail, probably around 1999 or so. It was always a secondary address for me to use for signing up for things or for email over the summer when telnetting into MIT would be difficult. MIT launched its webmail in 2000 or so and then there was really no need for Yahoo's anymore. I still used an email client to check my mail until GMail launched in 2004 and since then, there's been no turning back!
So there we go...that was fun :) What I think is most interesting is how things that we totally take for granted today like wifi, webmail, and cell phones were not a solid part of my life even 6 years ago. And today I can't even imagine life without them :)