I just had a good chuckle.
I came across an old post of mine that asked a question. Less than three years later the question was answered.
In my post A low-cost, text-only, instant-start thought capturer with usb, please I noted:
I love writing, but hate lugging a heavy, very noisy notebook that takes 5 minutes to go through boot-up. I want something with ‘instant-on’ with which I can type my thoughts quickly and simply. I want a usb port so I can transfer the txt files across to my pc for later editing and use in Word, OneNote, Zoundry, etc.
All I want is something that will power up straight away; no connections to anything (e.g. net, email, wireless networks) necessary, just a simple text editor with a full-size keyboard (no number keypad block required) that will allow me to whip it out, flick a switch and capture my words of wisdom (ahem).
I love my fountain pens, but my Moleskine papers don’t take to ‘real’ pens (I think they are slightly waxed). But hand-writing stuff, whilst a sensual delight with a good pen or pencil, is de-productive (is there such a word? Well, there is now…) because one has to type out the scribbled scrawl at a later date.
That was written June 7, 2007. On April 3, 2010 Apple started selling the iPad which, although it didn’t come with a usb port, started up instantly and with an Apple bluetooth keyboard allowed me to capture my words of wisdom lickety-split.
But it shows just how quickly technology can move and integrate itself into our lives. I can’t imagine my life without an iPhone and an iPad. Well, I can, but it’s not a world that I want to live in.
What technology did you wish for that eventually (slowly or quickly) came to be and now you can’t live without?