Friday, August 12, 2005

9 Years at the Mast

A card from my Mum reminds me that today marks the ninth anniversary for me running Coraider Services full time. (The company was founded in preparation the year before in 1995.)

It is certainly clear that the technology is advancing as fast as it ever did.

When I started off there weren't any ADSL or cable modems and one of the first jobs we did was connecting Surrey Police to the internet via a Basic Rate Interface ISDN line.

An ISDN BRI connection supports two 64 kbps B-channels and one 16 kbps D-channel. Last week NTL announced that is was to start offering 10Mbps as its standard broadband speed.

In 1995 the ability to capture an image and then see it again in the next instant without having to wait for your film to be developed put cutting edge innovation into the palm of your hand. That was the year Casio launched its QV-10 onto the Japanese market. It was the first compact consumer digital camera with an LCD screen.

Improved quality and lessening prices have seen digital cameras grow in popularity and this year sales will outstrip 35mm film cameras by 15 to one. Ealier this week, UK High Street retailer Dixons, which started off by selling 35mm cameras, announced that it is to stop stocking the items because of the popularity of digital cameras.

What a long strange trip it has been.

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