Because I can – Jan 19, 2012

I began writing and journaling online at the end of November or the beginning of December, 1998, making this year 14 of my chronicle.

Fourteen years….

Thinking back, it’s hard to remember just how the technology has progressed over these fourteen years, although I do remember that we hooked up to the internet through a noisy modem that made all kind of weird sounds as it connected to the world now know as the web.

I just looked up the progression of “baud rates” or the modem connect speeds. In 1998 it had progressed from 9k to 28.8k and then to a blazing 33.6k. In 1996 the 56k modem was invented and hit wide commercial service about the time I posted my first written words at the end of 1998.

Several communities of writers were birthed about that time allowing people to actually comment about the things that we mused about.

Today, the collective we, tweet, twit and connect with phones and publish photos to show the world – hey look at me.. I’m eating this…

Ok – so we are bombarded with the irrelevant, what’s that got to do with this entry?

I just did something that left me amazed, and I’m going to share it with you from the comfort of my seat.

Yes, I know that this thing that currently amazes me has been around for a while, maybe even a year or two with some airlines. However, as of yet, its use has eluded me for most of my 100 flights a year.

So this is what I just did – and I’m documenting it because 10 years from now I hope to look back at this and say.. “how quaint… I remember when…”

I just logged on, got my free wifi, and went to my website.

Then I took a screen capture, cropped it in Photoshop and then uploaded the finished product  so I could link to it from this entry.

I’ve linked to it, written about it, and here you have it.

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