I remember when a stereo system consisted of two BIG speakers and several other fairly good-sized components. When I was a kid, a tape recorder was bigger than a breadbox. And didn’t I read somewhere that computers used to be bigger than refrigerators?
I’ve moved a lot of times in my life, I mean a LOT. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to drag around at least six large wooden boxes crates with vinyl albums. I was relieved when I could give them all away and start buying CDs (sorry, vinyl people).
My first computer was a big, clunky thing, too, although not as large as a fridge.
But how things have changed! A few years ago I found myself in a situation where I had to narrow down ALL my worldly goods to fit into one large suitcase and a carry-on. I was moving by myself from the US back to Brazil.
How happy I was to be able to take several boxes of old and new photographs and scan them onto my little MacBook. I did the same with piles of papers and documents. I didn’t have to worry about CDs any more, either, because all of my music was now in mp3 format (sorry, sound freaks).
I did have to pack a few books because I didn’t (and still don’t) have an e-reader. But you can bet that will be my next purchase.
I don’t even have a TV any more. I watch everything I want/need to see on my MacBook Pro.
I totally love the diminishing of stuff. How about you?