First family computer was a Compaq Presario, with approximately 500mhz. It was very slow compared to the speeds of today and we didn't have any form of internet connected to it.
Approx. 1997 - Approx. 1999
Our family purchased internet through AOL. It was a 56k dial-up connection and it worked off the family phone line. We had to choose between talking on the phone or using our internet service. Broadband speeds were available through DSL at the time but my dad was (and still is!) pretty cheap.
Broadband Internet (DSL)
Cheap dad got tired of hearing us complain and purchased DSL internet. I don't think he did it out of practicality as much as us wearing him down. No longer interrupted our home phone service!
AIM (AOL instant messenger)
Approx. 2000 - Approx. 2007
In roughly the year 2000, I started using AIM to communicate with friends. It allowed us to have multiple conversations, and as I look back and realize- helped me get my first girlfriend!
I started using personal email in 2000, this was my freshman year in high school. I used it in conjunction with AIM as primary internet communication tools.
Personal Cell Phone
Approx. 2001 - Approx. 2005
For Christmas I got a personal cell phone on my parents' family plan. It was a flip phone with a blue back ground and I had roughly 200 minutes allotted to me monthly. I went way over, not including texts.
My first smartphone was a Blackberry 7100. I worked at T-Mobile as a college job and this was their flagship (and only) internet/ email device. At the time 3G speeds were still years away so it was fairly slow with data. It was primarily used as a business tool for email.
3G Data on a smartphone
Approx. 2008 - Approx. 2015
I started service with AT&T in 2008 because their 3G high-speed data was considered the best in my service area. I stuck with the Blackberry (Curve) and resisted the iPhone phenomenon. I was comfortable with the usability of the Blackberrys after having sold them for years.
Start my own business
2015 - 2018
Started my own business and got up to roughly 40 employees prior to a "divorce" agreement with partners. I had a 2 terabyte server in my office on Cape Cod as well as our other offices in Missouri.
Got my first iPad after traveling a lot through airports. I found the functionality and apps allowed me to be more productive with my time as well as enjoy remote entertainment better than my laptop.