Steve Buser: My technology life

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Party line Phone

1952 - 1960

First TV

1954 - 1958

It wasn't black and white it was black and green

First tape recorder

1956 - 1962

We swapped our trailer we didn't use for this reel to reel

Piano Lessons

1957

We see a TV show live in the studio

1957

Automatic Transmission!

1958 - 2016

Transistor Radio

1958

Electric Lionel Train

1958 - 1964

Public Sewer connection

1958 - 2016

No more septic tank

Neigbor's AC

1958 - 1961

it was really closer to what we would call a swamp cooler than an A/C unit. IT was cool by the unit by muggy on the other side of the room. Often 12 or more would pile into the small room to enjoy the new sensation

Fountain Pens

1959 - 1963

We were using ink bottles and fountain pens that would fill up by pulling up on the fill lever on the side of the pens.

Fixing bicycle

1959

Erector Set

1961 - 1967

FM stereo

1961 - 2016

8mm Movie Camera

1962

Cartridge Fountain Pens

1962 - 2000

Chemistry Set

1962 - 1967

Super 8 movie camera

1963 - 1969

Polaroid Cameras

1963 - 1987

The film developed in a minute after you pulled it out of the camera and smeared the goo on it. Later the goo was spread on as it left the camera.

Gas powered model airplane

1964 - 1967

Hobby Rockets

1965 - 1986

Slide Rule

1967 - 1973

Our teacher urged us to learn to be fluent with this strange beast : "How far you go in life is dependent on how well you learn to use this.

Touchtone phones

1968 - 1998

First typewriter

1968 - 1973

This was an electric typewriter that I bought to learn to type after learning that I needed to know how to type for the Journalism class I was in.

Live TV from the moon

July 20, 1969

9-track tape player

1970 - 1976

First car

1970 - 1972

A Dodge Dart

8-track tape player

1971 - 1980

Developing pictures

1972 - 1984

Manual Typewriter

1972 - 7/78

Remington

2nd car

1973 - 1975

-VW van

3rd car

1975 - 1978

Fiat

Pong-- video game

1977 - 1982

4th Car --Mustang 4 cyl

1977 - 1983

Color TV

1977 - 2016

We were so proud we drove from the store to Linda's parent house to show it off and then 30 miles back to our house.

Microwave

1978 - 2016

1rst computer

1979 - 1983

We got this computer for sitting through a sales pitch at condo development in the French Quarter of New Orleans. After playing with it for a few months, I donated it to the Boys Club of Slidell, where the kids had fun playing simple games on it.

Atari

1980 - 1988

My neighbor gets a CD

02/01/1980

Vic 20 Computer

1981 - 1995

A Commodore VIC -20 with 5K memory. Later I took and old joy stick and removed wire. I plugged each wire into a switch and to ground and plugged it back into a computer. Then I could PEEK the memory address for joystick and see how flipping the switches changed the number in that address location.

PC's

1983 - 2016

The first was an XT with 256k of memory and a 20 megabyte hard drive (as best I recall) and that was followed by a 386 then 486 then windows Xp and finally Windows Vista machines.

Car cassette tape

1984 - 1996

Camcorder

1985 - 1994

This was a lugger -- you had to carry it on your shoulder, but at least it didn't have a separate battery pack like the first ones.

MiniVan

1987

CD player

1990 - 2016

Big screen (54in +) TV

1994 - 2005

Mini camcorder

1996 - 2001

Dial up Internet (home)

Approx. 1998 - Approx. 2005

Cordless home phone

1999 - 2009

Wireless Network

2002 - 2016

Kind of slow at first, but later models really change our lives and got me out of the business of running wires all over the place

DSL

2002 - 2007

M-Audio midi interface

2004 - 2011

Digital Sketch pad

2004 - 2012

Car CD player

2004 - 2016

LED monitors

2005 - 2016

Portable DVD recorder

2005 - 2011

Wii

2006 - 2014

DSLR Cameras

2007 - 2010

An olympus E-510
Sony A-55
Sony A-77

Cable Internet

2008 - 2016

Hi Powered LED flashlight

2009 - 2016

2016

23 inch LED computer screen

2009

Chrome browser

2009 - 2014

Pocket video cam

July 2010 - 2016

Kodak Play Sport pocket video cam

Google Drive, docs

2011 - 2016

Flip Pocket Video Cam

March 2011 - 2016

2nd DSLR

September, 2011 - 2015

2nd DSLR - mirror is stationary

Chromebooks

October 2012 - 2016

Smart UHD TV

2015 - 2016

Work

SLR Camera (work)

1974 - 2001

Fax Machine

1976 - 2011

AP ticker

1976 - 1978

Daisy wheel printer

1978 - 1986

CB Radio

1978 - 1984

Dictaphone

1978 - 1982

IBM Selectric

6/1978 - 5/1983

Microcassette voice recorder

1980 - 2006

1rst PC (work)

1981 - 1984

It has a whopping 64k with a 5mb hard drive

Desk PC

1983 - 2016

Dial up Internet(work)

1983

Modem (200 baud to 56K)

6/1983 - 12/1992

MS Windows

1987 - 2016

Apple Computer

April 1988 - 1996

Inkjet printer

1989 - 2016

Laserjet printer

1989 - 2016

Car Phone

1990 - 1995

Internet

1993 - Approx. 2016

Power point presentation

1993 - 2013

Overhead slides were printed on a computer printer

Beeper

1993 - 1999

Computer fax

1994 - 2003

Email (work)

1994 - 2016

Laser pointer

1994

Browsers

1995 - 2016

Archie, Veronica, Netscape, Mozilla

Laptop PCs

1995 - 2016

Computer fax newsletter

1995 - 2015

Network

1995 - 2016

Connected our computers at GSU,
At Partnership of Southeast Texas, we started a network shortly after we moved to a new facility -- at first we used a internet on-ramp that combined two telephone connections to give about 100k access.
Later we set up a simple network.
When DSL came I combined a 24 port unmanaged network to 6 PCs, a fax server and a file server.

SET, Inc website

1996 - June, 2007

It was strictly html, then we tried a third party scripting program. We moved over to ASP.

Flip Phone

1996 - 2000

36k Modem

1996 - 1997

We had two modems shared by everyone for a time, before we bought a web ramp (router) to let everyone on the internet at a time.

Internet router

1996 - 2012

Scanner

06/01/1996 - 2016

Digital Camera

1997 - 2001

The camera had a 756 x 504 pixel "high resolution" sensor. We purchased a memory card so we could take about 100 pictures before downloading them to a disk. It had a 2x zoom feature. -- Kodak DC-50

Online Proposal

1997 - 2010

Palm Pilot

1997 - 2000

Fun365Days.com

January 1998 - December 2006

Fu365days.com was a tourism web site for the nine-county region of Southeast Texas. It morphed into a database driven program in PHP and MySQL as we added more and more activites and things to do in the region. It was closed about a year after I left the Partnership of Southeast Texas.

56Kmodem

1999 - 2002

PHP web site

1999 - 2012

File server added to lan

01/01/2000 - 2006

ZIp Drive

2000 - 2006

19 inch monitor

2000 - 2006

Fax server (lan)

05/01/2000 - 2006

Pocket PC Phone

2001 - 2005

Network switch

06/01/2001 - 2006

Audacity

2002 - 2016

Color Laserjet

2003 - 2010

MS Office 2002

2003 - 2007

DSL

2003 - 2006

Portable hard drive

2003 - 2014

LED monitor

2004 - 2016

Portable hard drive

12/01/2004 - 2016

Blackberry

2006 - 2008

Smartphone (internet access)

2007 - 2016

Wordpress

3/1/2009 - 2011

Converted SetxP16 web site to Wordpress

Evernote

2010 - 2014

Smart phone

2011 - 2016

Java

2012 - 2016

Video Production

2012 - 2016

Google Maps

2012 - 2016

Lego Robotics

2012 - 2013

Greenfoot

2013 - 2014

SMART board

2013 - 2014

GameSaladCreator

2013 - 2014

Screencasting

2013 - 2014

Hootsuite

2014 - 2016

iPhone

2014 - 2016

AppInvetor

2014 - 5/2014

Sphero Robotics

2014 - 05/31/2014

Periscope

2015 - 2016

Software

Lotus 1-2-3

1981 - 1985

We put the city budget in a spreadsheet to do better analysis. We actually had to buy a memory board to keep all the budget in memory. The first attempt was in MultiPlan -- but it couldn't hold all the data.

Screener

1981 - 1983

I wrote this program to automate input screens for entering data into a database -- written in Basic

Project tracking

1981 - 1985

This program written in Basic, was to keep track of work orders in the city's Public Works department -- it was stored on a 5 megabyte hard drive.

Basic language

1982 - 1994

VicMon

1982 - 1985

Assembly language for the Vic20 computer

DBase II - IV

1982 - 1993

My first dive into developing databases.

Visicalc, Multiplan

1982 - 1987

Electronic Brochure

1982 - 1987

" The Electronic Brochure" was my first big software project. A program to create electronic brochures on a disk. Written in Basic then Turbo Pascal. This allowed someone to put a brochure on a floppy disk. It was a one line at a time editor. — had the ability of one picture per page. We tried to market it, to no success.

MASM

1983 - 1986

Turbo Pasal

1984 - 1990

LISP

04/01/1984 - 12/1/1984

I studied LISP to learn how to build a simple word processor for The Electronic Brochure

Excel

1989 - 2016

Key Accts

1989 - 1992

This program, written in Paradox was to keep track of contacts, and information on Key Accounts at GSU, that were often in more than one division of the company.

Pagemaker

02/03/1989 - 1999

Paradox db

1990 - 1993

ACT!

1993 - 2006

DeLorme maps

1994 - 2000

DeLorme Street Atlas

1995 - 2003

ftp client

1996 - 2016

Corel Draw

1996 - 2004

HTML

1997 - 2016

ASP.net

02/01/1998 - 2000

CSS

1999 - 2016

Antivirus

2000 - 2016

Mysql

2000 - 2013

Dreamweaver

2001 - 2006

MS MapPoint

2003 - 2006

Eclipse software

2003 - 2014

Firefox

2004 - 2016

Notepad++

2004 - 2014

Mozilla Thunderbird

2005 - 2014

Google Earth

2005 - 2016

LAMP software

2005 - 2014

Audacity

2007 - 2016

Inkscape

2007 - 2013

GIMP

2007 - 2016

Picasa

2008 - 2016

WordPress

2009 - 2012

Photoshop

2009 - 2014

Joomla

5/1/2009 - 07/31/2012

Adobe CS3

May, 2009 - 2016

Gmail

11/13/2010 - 2016

jsfiddle

2011 - 2016

CakePHP

2012 - 2013

Web 2.0

Yahoo Mail

9/9/06

LinkedIn

2007 - 2016

Springpad

2007 - 2011

Hootsuite

2007 - 2014

Blogging -- Blogger

04/01/2007 - 2016

Blogging -- Nucleus

08/01/2007 - 2014

Flickr

12/31/2007 - 2014

Cooliris

1/1/2009

.

1/1/2009

Twitter

5/2009 - 2016

Facebook

6/13/2009 - 2016

Digg

6/27/2009 - 2012

Preceden

3/13/2010 - 2016

Google+

2011 - 2016

Pearltrees

09/15/2011 - 2016

dragdis

2014 - 2016