Web Design Then and Now

All these reminders of the past on Facebook makes me laugh!

When I started web design I used a 56.6Kbps modem and you couldn’t use the internet at the same time as the phone… Video was pretty much a non starter… Facebook was a dream. Google hadn’t begun. Everyone used AOL and Yahoo for search. Browser wise it was Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator which evolved into Firefox.

My connection now is 150Mbps and I can make multiple video calls across the internet without affecting the phone line..

To give you some idea of the difference… 56.6 Kbps then, now download speeds of around the 15,000Kbps – more than a little quicker. Monitoring speeds over a few days at one point it actually reached 20,000Kbps! An incredible 353 times quicker!

As for space my computer then had a generous 250Mb Hard Drive and 8Mb of memory…. it also weighed almost as much as I did and you had to be careful lifting it.

today the hard drive is 400Gb equivalent to 460,800Mb and the memory is 3Gb which is the equivalent to 3,072Mb!!

Sitting on my desk is 512Gb portable USB drive the size of a pack of cards… the equivalent to 524,288Mb. On my keys is a 64Gb USB key which holds 260 times as much data as the original PC.

This article may also be of interest – This engineer connected his 27-year-old Macintosh Plus to the Internet

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