August 04, 2005

What It Means to Turn 41

I started a humorous list of stuff, like: my knees crack when I get up, my back aches all the time, I get less sleep, I want more s.x... then I realized this applied to any woman over the age of 30. Sigh.

Instead I decided to share some Technical information of what has changed since 1964:

1964 IBM Introduced System 360 International Business Machines (IBM) introduced the system 360 Computer. The computer, which was a second generation computer based on transistors, was a huge success, and became the mainstay computer of many businesses for many years.

The hand-held pocket calculator was invented at Texas Instruments, Incorporated (TI) in 1966.

In 1967, Amana, a division of Raytheon, introduced its domestic Radarange microwave oven, marking the beginning of the use of microwave ovens in home kitchens.

Post-It notes had their beginning in 1970 by Spencer Silver (Pssst - included this one for you Bou).

A computer LAN was developed by Metcalfe in a rudimentary form in 1973 and dubbed Ethernet.

1979 Two friends, Scott Abbott and Chris Haney created a board game called Trivial Pursuit.

DNS was finalized in 1983.

The World Wide Web was developed in 1989 by English computer scientist Timothy Berners-Lee to enable information to be shared among internationally dispersed teams of researchers.

Click on More Pawprints to see more of what happened in 1964.

I looked at some sites that list what happened in 1964. Things like:

# Space probe Mariner IV flies by Mars, transmitting pictures of the planet's surface back to earth
# The world's longest suspension bridge, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York, opens
# Concern in Britain over "brain drain," or the mass emigration of British scientists to the U.S.
# World's Fair held in New York
# First lung transplant
# 24th Amendment to Constitution adopted, ensuring fair voting practices
# U.S. military forces launch attacks on North Vietnam in response to an alleged attack on a U.S. destroyer off the Vietnamese coast; Congress passes Gulf of Tonkin resolution that gives the President greater freedom to authorize combat actions in Vietnam
# Soviet leader Khrushchev falls from power, is ultimately replaced by Leonid Brezhnev
# Anchorage, Alaska hit by massive earthquake
# Turkey attacks Cyprus
# World Series: St. Louis over New York Yankees, 4-3
# Olympics held in Tokyo

A little more detail:

1964 Dr. King Receives Nobel Prize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the second African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the first having been Ralph Bunche. King, who was 35 years of age when he received the prize in Oslo, Norway, was the youngest recepient of the prize in history

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Posted by vw bug at August 4, 2005 06:29 AM | TrackBack

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Posted by: pam at August 4, 2005 08:45 AM

Happy birthday indeed, VW !!!!!!

Posted by: Lasciate at August 4, 2005 10:22 AM

Don't forget cell phones...remember how huge those things were?

Posted by: Isanah at August 4, 2005 12:41 PM

Where would I be without my Post it Notes. Man. I should own stock in that company.

That little pocket calculator had 4 basic functions, add, subtract, multiply and divide. And it was expensive as hell. You can by a state of the art HP in RPN for the same price you could buy one of those pocket calculators. Yeah... not happy I remember that... Sheesh

Oh and don't forget vinyl... 45's and records. 8 track probably hadn't even been invented yet. Man. You're older than dirt! And remember when you went to the filling station and it was 'regular or unleaded'... you had to specify.

Posted by: Bou at August 4, 2005 12:53 PM

Older than dirt?!?! Boy, that Bou... Hmm. Her 40th is coming up quickly... You'll be making a stink, right? ;-) ;-)

I love lists like this from birth years!

Hope you had a great day, V!

Posted by: Marie at August 5, 2005 04:18 PM