Just a few shots to show how computers have changed a little over the years. In the background is a shot of the Dell Precision I use every day, it has a 15 inch screen, with great resolution (1920 by 1200 I think). Sitting in front of it is a Jornada 728 that I picked up on Ebay a couple of weeks ago. It is displaying the HPCFactor website in glorious 640 by 240 resolution on the Opera browser!!! When I got the Jornada, the stylus was MIA. Rather than buy a replacement, in all its plasticky glory, I made a replacement from Aluminum, Brass and Copper tubing (all available at the hardware store). The tip is made from a small piece of acrylic that I "coned" and polished. It fits perfectly.
It is just amazing how pervasive technology has become, whilst at the same time it is now ubiquitous and easy to take for granted. Just think for a second the next time you type a search into Google, or watch a YouTube video about all of the amazing technical progress needed to make that all possible, and how fast it has all happened. Just half a century ago we were all amazed at the first pocketable transistor radio or digital watch. Now I can type this blog on a 4 ounce iPod touch, connected via wifi to any website on earth.