30 Years

The things that happened in the 30 years I’m around on this ball o' mud, in roughly chronological order:

  • The fall of the Berlin Wall, and the end of the Cold War
  • The end of border checks within Europe
  • Two expansions of the European Union
  • The Internet moving from curiosity to being ubiquitous, and grander than anything cyber-prefixed could ever have been
  • 9/11
  • The Euro
  • Germany’s first involvement in military action as a combatant since WW2 in the Bosnia War
  • Mobile phones becoming as ubiquitous as the Internet, if not more so
  • The rise and fall of EPOC/Palm
  • 9 versions of the Windows OS (From 3.11 to NT to Windows 7)
  • Linux becoming less picky about who its friends are (thanks, Canonical!)
  • The rise of the Chinese Dragon
  • Making friends all over the world (Hi, folks!)
  • Live shows on the internet that I watch every day (Hi, TWiT.TV!)

A happy birthday indeed.

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