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I grew up in a household that was rather behind-the-times, technologically. When I was in 7th grade (1995-96), the only computer we owned was a hopelessly obsolete old MacIntosh.
So one day in Social Studies class, the teacher asked, "Do any of you know who the richest person in the world is?"
A boy answered, "Bill Gates. He's got, like, fifty billion dollars."
"And who is Bill Gates?"
"The guy who invented Windows."
The guy who invented windows. My first thought was, "Wow! No wonder he's so rich-- I've never seen a house without windows."
My second (slightly more intelligent) thought was, "Wait... The guy who invented windows is still alive? How OLD must he be?!"
I forget how long it took me to realize they were talking about the operating system. I'm glad I didn't say anything out loud-- otherwise they never would've let me move up to 8th grade.
When I was about five or so, I remember looking through a catalogue with my friend and finding in it our very own life sized robots! We were so impressed we begged our parents for them (they cost a whole £3.50 each or something). We spent our time planning how we could have our very own robots serve us and do our chores etc. When they finally arrived however, they were a whole 4 inches tall and went round in circles. I remember wanting to have my parents write to the catalogue and complain about false advertising.
I first saw a piezzo-electric gas-oven lighter when visiting some of my parents friends. They (the adults) thought it'd be fun to pretend that it was a space-gun and that one of these friend used to be a astronaut. I am sure I remember telling all my friends back at school about my astronaut friend and his gun...
I didn't understand what a microphone was, and thought the mics and brown microphone covers used by performers on Top of the Pops during the late 1980s were actually gigantic bulbs of chocolate, put there in case the singers became hungry. But I'm alright now...
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When I was younger, I thought I was the only person in the world who knew that pressing record while the radio was on actually taped the songs.
I used to believe that there was a person called Houston that all the astrounats would talk to whenever they were in trouble, then I learned that it was actually the city Houston, Texas. "Houston, we have a problem"
I used to think that when you sent a fax, the paper went through the wires.
I used to believe that if you were holding a phone up to your ear the person on the other line could hear all of your thoughts and it wasn't necessary to talk.
For a few months, I used to believe that everytime you hit the space bar, more space is generated in the sky and outer space. Maybe it is true, because nobody knows how big outer space and the sky is.
I used to believe that in order to top up a mobile phone you had to open the back and put actual bank notes or coins in it, and I thought that as you were calling or texting someone there was a little mouth in the phone that sucked up all the money.
When I was a boy living in England I though I could re-charge flshlight batterries by wrapping some wire around a battery and inserting the ends of the coli into a live light socket. When I tried this I was rewarded by a loud bang and shower of sparks which caused me to fall off the step ladder. Later I tried the battery in a flashlight and was happy to see a very dim orange glow on the bulb filament.
when i was a little kid (about 5), i thought there were little people in computer speakers. I thought whenever you would turn the volume up a little needle poked their butts to make them be louder. So (being a kind person) i always turned the speaker down.
When I was younger I used to believe that when you faxed someting the paper would de-materialize and the particles would travel through the phone lines and re-materialize later at the other end of the fax machine.
I used to think that there was day only so we could have light at night. See, there must have been this big box inside my wall that would suck up the light during the day. At night, when the light outside went away, the light would stay inside the little box in my wall. When you flipped on the light switch a shutter would open in the box and the light would filter through tubes that went through the wall to the ceiling to the light bulb. When you turned off the switch the shutters would close. That was my theory on electricity and day and night.
when i was little i used to believe that when a person was going to burn a cd they actually set it on fire. so when my friend asked me if i wanted her dad to burn my favorite cd for her i said no.
I thought a Walkman (tape-version of the Discman) only worked if you were walking and when you stopped it would go off automatically. I always begged my brother to let me try it, but he said that if little kids used them then they'd go deaf and end up like those people who walked around carrying boomboxes on their shoulders. That was the only way they heard music. It was like some punishment- you used a walkman too early so you're partialy deaf and you have to carry a bigger radio. What a dork I was.
I used to believe that elevators were magical boxes that, when you pushed a button for a floor, all the intervening floors of the building collapsed upon themselves while the elevator stayed put. The floors were then magically rebuilt when you pressed the button for your original floor. Strangely, I didn't worry about what happened to all the people on those floors that collapsed.
One of my very first memories is of the time my mother took me to have my picture taken at JC Pennys. I was two years old. There were all these pictures of children all over the walls and I thought that when my picture was taken I would be forever stuck in that picture. I couldn't understand why my mother would leave me there in that picture. She didn't end up leaving me so I thought she changed her mind. It seemed like it was a long time before I understood what having my picture taken really meant.
My father had me beleving that in every electronic device, such as televisions and keypads. Lived a little Japanese man who controlled everything in that particular device. And made things happen depending on what button you pressed.