Google Wallet. The Future is in Your Pocket.

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As I get older it’s becoming more and more apparent that certain things no longer exist.

Lots of things I grew up with and took for granted just aren’t relevant.

They’re gone.

Like the dinosaurs.

And Swatches.

And tight-rolled jeans.

Don’t forget Phil Collins (which most of us have… whatever happened to him anyway?)

One day sooner rather than later I will be on this list (a list I constantly update in my head because it reminds me of how old and out of date I’ve become).

 

The official If You Remember This Junk You Are Old List:

Cassette Tapes.

Floppy disks (8 inch and 3.5 inch).

Desktop computers (with mega giant monitors).

Atari (best days of my life).

Netscape.

Betamax.

8mm video cameras.

VHS tapes.

Reel to reel movie projectors (can anyone say we have a Sub today!!!)

Record players.

Transistor radios.

Slide projectors (how I loved the beeeeeep when it was time to move on to the next slide).

Boom boxes (the 80’s were a special time).

PDA’s.

Rotary phones (and bag phones).

Walkmans and Discmans.

Pagers (drug dealers and gang members gave these such a bad name).

Calculator watches (nothing screamed Geek like a calculator watch).

Zip drives.

Typewriters.

Polaroid cameras.

8 tracks.

And soon my all-time favorite, newspapers.

 

All gone.

Now, Google wants my wallet (Google Wallet, coming to a store near you).  They are no longer happy just printing money, now they want to take it out of our pockets.

It’s hard to imagine a world without credit and debit cards, but it’s coming.

It’s even harder to imagine that one day I will have to explain to my grandkids how we used to carry paper money around in leather foldy things stuffed in our back pockets (and yes, we were off-balance… and we liked it).

 

 

Maybe the Overlords at Google are going to advance our society in positive ways we can’t imagine (my compliments on the Coca-Cola and Subway plugs).

Maybe they will become so rich and powerful they can actually change their Save Button on Google docs to something other than a floppy disk (really, Google… 15 year olds don’t correlate the Save function with Floppies).

While the above blog does take shots at Google (which breaks the code of being a Google Certified Administrator), I can assure you I will be the first one on my block to purchase a Google wallet. 

Say goodbye, pennies.

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7 Responses to “Google Wallet. The Future is in Your Pocket.”


  1. Dianne Murray
    on May 29th, 2011
    @ 4:03 pm

    I remember them all! I even remember computer punch cards fed into room sized computers to run a continuous loop of your name! Ouch. My phone number used to be 298. If you were on a party line, you had a letter after your 3 numbers. Credit cards hadn’t been invented yet. We played records….mostly 45s. Our grandparents were OLD. We had inkwells in our desks at school…although we no longer used them. Cokes in glasses at the drug store were a nickle. Contact lenses didn’t exist. Pets became ours when they followed us home, not when we spent hundreds of dollars at pet stores. ETC….
    So, Sweetie, you aren’t so old, after all!! Me….that’s another story! ;-)


  2. Tim
    on May 29th, 2011
    @ 11:21 pm

    Google was already messing around in my wallet (google checkout) but now they want to be the wallet? Great.

    In 2009 google stopped using their “Don’t be evil” motto I was considering anagrams that might be appropriate…

    Love in debt (How I feel giving all of my credit card info to google)
    No bet devil (The answer to “will google take over the world?”)
    el vino debt (Spanish for “I drank more than I was paid”?)


  3. wozza
    on May 30th, 2011
    @ 2:07 am

    Maybe all those things on your list are halas (finished) in Smith’s-ville USA but I can reassure you that they are still available on the rest of the planet in some form or other. Frinstance my local CD/DVD outlet in Al Ain has more cassettes and VHS tapes than CDs/DVDs. I’m not living amongst a host of early adopters here!

    And I bet someone wearing leather arm patches and smoking a pipe is in his Jag right now listening to Phil Collin’s Face Value on his 8 track.

    By the way I have no problem with a virtual wallet – my virtual money all disappears soon after it hits my virtual bank account thanks to she who must be obeyed (she is definitely not virtual).


  4. Jim J.
    on Jun 2nd, 2011
    @ 10:26 am

    To add to your list:
    1. chalkboards: that ‘fingenails on the chalkboard’ sound cannot be replicated on a white board-and it’s no fun at all for any kid to clean the white board erasers on the wall outside the classroom.
    2. Dittos and mimeograph machines: yeah, they were a bit complicated to use, but a generation of kids had fun sniffing the fresh copies as they handed them out to the class!


  5. Mike
    on Jun 3rd, 2011
    @ 1:22 pm

    I’ve taken a year off to learn some tech (and enjoy Argentina), but things move so quickly I think I’ll be quickly outdated again when I get back to the classroom. I miss the Atari and Commodore 64.


  6. Ruby Slippers
    on Jun 4th, 2011
    @ 3:20 pm

    We still use chalkboards, dittos, and cassette tapes at our school. Can you say NO MONEY?


  7. Kathy Kindell
    on Nov 25th, 2011
    @ 8:23 pm

    Marvelous! I want one.

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