33-1/3 to Light Speed and Back Again
My personal experience with technology
From the early years of computers
in the 1970’s to today in 2008
By Rich Love
I was born January, 1948, three years before the first computer (UNIVAC) existed in the United States. It was the year that the 33-1/3 RPM record was invented. This new record format allowed 30 minutes of music on each side of the record. Typically, there were six songs per side for a total of 12 songs. This was a vast improvement over the previous 45 and 78 RPM records, which only had one song per side for a total of two songs.
The transistor was invented just a few months before I was born. Today in 2008, an iPod digitally stores thousands of songs using electrons traveling at the speed of light.