I’ve starting a HOLY SHIT list. This is list of technologies/software/hardware that blew my mind when I first understood them.
You know what I’m talking about, it’s those HOLY SHIT moments where the unlimited potential of a “thing” just spills out of it. I have two litmus tests for this type of realization. It’s either when I start calling random friends who haven’t heard from me in months just to tell them, “HAVE YOU SEEN NAPSTER? DO YOU REALIZE THAT THE WORLD JUST CHANGED?” The other test is when I try to explain the HOLY SHIT to someone I know will never get it. “NO SEE, YOU CAN BUY ANYTHING ON EBAY. ANYTHING. NO I DON’T KNOW WHAT EBAY STANDS FOR GRRRRRRRRRRRR”.
Here’s the unordered list so far. Please feel free to add or create your own list. I’m certain I’ve forgotten some key HOLY SHITS:
o Windows 95
o Netscape Navigator
There’s a future column which will walk through these items and talk endlessly about their personal significance. I’m guessing I’ll also need to explain why obvious candidates such as the PC aren’t on that list.