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The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same By @DaveGinsburg | @CloudExpo #Cloud
This next weekend our city hosts Super Bowl 50, a week-long media and megastar frenzy

Super Bowl 50 - The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
By Dave Ginsburg

This next weekend our city hosts Super Bowl 50, a week-long media and megastar frenzy overlaid with streaming video, stadium WiFi that may actually work, and for the lucky few in downtown SF, Verizon microcells, a precursor to 5G. But wind the clock back to the winter of 1967. Super Bowl 1, Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers.

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A world before the Internet, cable, or satellite TV, smartphones, PCs, DVDs, and even CDs. The space race and a glowing vision of the future, courtesy of the 1964 New York World's Fair.  A time of cassettes and 8-track tapes, Vans sneakers (at least in SoCal), and for the fortunate, color TV.

Still, the more things change, the more they stay the same.




The Space Race

US landed a probe on the moon

Opportunity rover 12 years on Mars and going strong


ILLIAC IV began installation (US)

Tiahne-2 (China)


Merit regional network kickoff (Michigan)

Internet, Google, Apple, etc.

Mobile Phones


iPhone and Android



Siri and Google Now

Video Games

Brown Box

xbox and PS4

Sci Fi TV

Star Trek (The Man Trap)

Star Trek

Virtual Reality

NY World's Fair IBM Information Machine

Oculus Rift


HP 2116

Apple MacBook (and HP?)

Supersonic Travel

Concorde wind tests

No Concorde, or any supersonic transport for that matter


RIP Walt

Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, ABC, ESPN, etc. etc.

More depressing, federal spending has ballooned 27x ($3.6T vs $134B), the debt by 55x ($18.1T vs $328B), the Consumer Price Index by 7x (237 vs 32), and the cost of a postage stamp by almost 10x ($0.49 vs $0.05).  Remember the Doomsday Clock?  It too has advanced, from 12 minutes to midnight to only 3 minutes.

And the average price of a Super Bowl ticket?   From $85 (inflation adjusted) to anywhere from $500-$3000 face value, or 5x that on the after-market.   As I write this, tickets are $2780 and up on StubHub.

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NY World's Fair - IBM Information Machine                 Star Trek 'The Man Trap'

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Carterphone                                                     HP-2116

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