I have a lot of time to think during my commute along 66 West. Today, my thoughts turned to 1999. It’s the 10th anniversary of our Security Conference – and it made me think: what was I doing in 1999?
1999. Wow. I was living in Seattle during the ‘dot.com’ craze.
I had a Nokia cell phone the size of a brick (and weighed almost as much).
I was worried my old computer wouldn’t make it to January 1, 2000 (it did).
I thought Pets.com was going to be around forever (it wasn’t).
I downloaded a lot of music from Limewire (which I’ve since replaced. Legally.).
And if you would have told me that someday I’d be using a website created by some kid in his Harvard dormroom to reconnect with 200 of my DoDEA high school brats, I would have laughed. Everyone knew that the only people that were successful on the Internet were big companies, right? If were a betting gal, I would have said that Netflix would be out of business (how where they ever going to make money?) and that AOL would still be the way everyone got to the Internet (I guess those free CDs cost a lot of mail after all.).
What about you? Where were you in 1999, and what were you doing? And what innovations in the past 10 years have surprised you?
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