Ep 40 of 2010
October 4, 2010
We've come a long way since our humble little radio show first started on Melbourne Radio way back in December 2004. It was in a time before we had the technology, gadgets and services we now take for granted today – a time where there was no smart phones, no NBN, no ADSL 2 (well for some of us) no iPads or iPhones, no 3G, and no HSDPA. In fact, we had a liberal Government, Helen Coonan was the then minister for communications, and podcasting was just a baby, and it was only the boffins that knew what an RSS feed was. How times have changed in just 6 short years.
Looking back, the biggest changes have been in the world of communications, and I don't just mean the speed at which we communicate. Social networking through sites like Twitter and Facebook, and a raft of wanna be start ups, have really changed our lives forever. For those who have embraced the new frontier, life consists of sharing nearly every moment of your waking day updating your Facebook wall or sharing your every move with the world in less than 126 characters on Twitter. We carry smart phones, as opposed to the dumb phones we used to use, which connect us seamlessly to our online world and rely on phone companies and ISPs to provide the conduit to our social lives and social life.
Who would have thought 6 years ago when Tech Talk Started that today, we'd be carrying in expensive personal communications devices that share our thoughts, and inner secrets not to forget our location on the planet, every phone contact and address that's important to us, with our personal computers at both home and the office. Back then, a cloud was a white fluffy water filled anomaly that floated many miles above the surface of the planet. Today it's a repository of our lives, and what's more, it's free to use.
Not only have our lives been irrevocably altered in our personal space, but we've seen great changes in the way we are entertained. Today we take for granted High Definition, 3 Dimensional entertainment. Our living rooms now have 3D tvs, our home entertainment system is now a very considered purchase, like our cars, the TV antenna has become obsolete only to be replaced with Ethernet. Even our CD and DVD players are being replaced with file servers, something boffins a decade or so ago would dream of. Science fiction is really becoming science fact, and none more so than on Tech Talk Radio's watch.
Tech Talk Radio would be nothing if it wasn't for the tireless effort of those who currently put the show together each week. Tech is a passion for all of us, and we all have the tech gene in our blood, which is what drives us to do what we do, despite the constant pressures of family life and day jobs. To compliment the Tech Talk family on the ground here in Australia, there several contributors who now no longer call our big brown land home. Lidija Davis, an expat now living in California, has to be credited with bringing some of the biggest movers and shakers to the tech Talk Microphone from that global tech homeland of Silicon Valley. Also, Mark Diggins, a long time regular on the panel, quit his job as a CDMA optimizer with Telstra and also moved to the US where he's now involved in rolling out 4G and LTE technology. America should be grateful that our best end up living and working in the land of opportunity.
As we plunge head first into the fog that is the technological revolution, Australia, like the rest of the world, has many issues which it needs to address. There's renewable energy, climate change, carbon trading, electric cars, space exploration as well as schools and education, just to name a few. How the makers of tomorrow's technology and the governments of our developed countries channel resources into these issues is yet to be seen, but one thing's for sure, Tech Talk Radio will continue to demystify the high tech world around us, and endeavor to bring it to a level everyone can understand – well for a little while longer anyway.
This week on Tech Talk Radio
- SMS with your current GPS info thanks to an RMIT application
- Microsoft sues Motorola over Android phones
- Google opens Android Market to Australian developers
- Lidija Davis shares her thouhts on Facebook