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Riding into the Future: A Look at Retro and Modern Tech

Updated: Jan 14, 2023



I've always had a fondness for the old ways of doing things. There's something about the simplicity and ruggedness of the past that speaks to me. But just because I have a love for the past, it doesn't mean I'm opposed to progress. In fact, I find myself constantly drawn to new and exciting technology, especially when it comes to the world of gadgets and gizmos.




 

One of the things I love about retro tech is the nostalgia it evokes. I remember the days of playing on my Sega Megadrive and the feeling of excitement I got when I discovered a new game. I remember the thrill of loading up a cassette tape on my Commodore 64 and waiting anxiously for it to load. There was something special about these old machines, something that modern technology can't quite replicate.


But as much as I love the nostalgia of retro tech, I also can't help but be fascinated by the advancements of modern technology.


The speed and processing power of today's computers are truly mind-blowing. I've been tinkering with a Raspberry Pi and the endless possibilities of this tiny computer never cease to amaze me.

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And the capabilities of smartphones? It's like having a personal supercomputer in your pocket!


That being said, I do find myself missing the tactile nature of retro tech. There's something about the physical buttons and switches on old consoles that just feels right.

 

Gameboy Emulator on a phone


Gameboy in the real world.


 

And I can't help but feel that we've lost something in the transition to digital downloads and streaming. But I also can't deny the convenience of being able to carry around a library of games or music on a small device.




At the same time, we can only listen to so many albums. I went on a 15-hour flight and filled my phone with hours of music, but ended up bringing 3 tapes and listening to them. It's like your closet; you may have a closet full of clothes, but only wear three shirts.


In the end, I think the key is to strike a balance between the nostalgia and convenience of retro tech and the advancements of modern technology. I may be an outlaw, but I'm also a realist. And I know that progress is inevitable. But that doesn't mean we have to forget the past. We can learn from it and use it to make the future even better.


So, whether it's taking a trip down memory lane with an old console or experimenting with the latest tech, I'll be out there, riding into the future

 

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