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From Past to Present

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From Past to Present
In this new age of development we take simple things like a telephone, a
refrigerator, or a car, all for granted. We live in a world of luxuries and
comforts compared to the average person in the 19th century.

Lets say you were born prior to 1945. Just stop and consider the changes you
might have witnessed. You were before television, before penicillin, frozen
foods, Xerox copiers, contact lenses, and the Pill. You were before radar,
credit cards, split atoms, ball point pens, dishwashers, air conditioners, and
before man walked on the Moon. You never heard of F.M. radio, tape decks,
electric typewriters, artificial hearts, yoghurt and blokes with earrings! In
the 1940's, Made in Japan meant JUNK, and the term making out referred to how
you did in an exam. Pizzas, Instant Coffee and McDonalds weren't heard of. In
your day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, grass was something you mowed, Coke
was a cold drink, Aids were people who helped others and pot was a name for
something you cooked in. People made do with what they didn?t have!

Today?s world is growing ever dependant on technology. The telephone for example
is something we all take for granted. Every house is expected to have one and if
we find there is no phone, we seem to think that it is abnormal. The question,
however is, why is the telephone the cornerstone of modern life?

The telephone allows us nearly instant connections - between friends, families,
businesses, and nations - enable communications that enhance our lives,
industries, and economies. Truly, the telephone has brought the human family
together. With remarkable innovations, engineers have brought us from copper
wire to fibre optics, from switchboards to satellites, and then the Internet.
Initially a tool to link research centre computers, the Internet has become a
vital instrument of social change. The Internet is changing business practices,
educational pursu...

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