It's been 10 years since then and I suppose everybody here knows where he was on 9/11. Because of that we all know what kind of computers we had, what cell phones we had and how much we were paying for them.
In September of 2011 I was still on dial-up at home and I had a dumb Ericsson phone. As a side note, next year I had a Sony and in 2005 I had Sony-Ericsson. At the end of September 2001 I bought Apple iBook G3 at 500 MHz. Until then, I had only one notebook, Apple PowerBook Duo 250, gray scale beast ticking at 33MHz with 12MB of RAM. My home computers were both Macs, one running at 120MHz and other at 400 MHz.
I was paying twice as much for my monthly plan, talk and SMS only compared to what I pay today and now I even have 2GB of data included. Actually, now I have two contracts with two different carriers, one for iPhone 3GS and another for iPhone 4 and those two contracts together are 2/3 of my contract in 2001. Plus, I had to pay a bit more for that Ericsson phone than I did for iPhone 4.
I was programming in C back then. Now I use C and Objective C. I was Mac only, now I do stuff for Mac, Windows and iPhone. I started learning Java in 2001 but I gave up after only a few months because I really didn't like the language.
The world was in crisis back then as it is now, but somehow I feel more vulnerable now than I did back then. Maybe because I'm older or something.
How do you guys feel about the latest ten years. Are you better now or worse?