14 Reasons why the world isn't the same anymore
I know that I'm a bit late with this type of article, but it's still really good to get to know what 14 things changed the World in the last decade. Gonna keep it short in the introduction and just get on to the topic, because the article this week is rather long, but yet very interesting.1. Wikipedia
You can love or hate Wikipedia. Teachers and professors can send hate mail to Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco, CA, but it won’t change the fact that people love Wikipedia and yes, (oh dear!), they also actually believe it! There is no other similar database where you can find the same amount of information about a cell or Justin Bieber. In addition, the fact that Wikipedia is created by regular people is just stunning. Maybe Wikipedia will be proclaimed the 8th Wonder of the World for the co-operation of so many human beings. But until then, we can all enjoy it and donate money to it so that the miracle will last.2. Wireless
Wireless Internet is a commonplace thing, and maybe some will find it surprising that it hasn’t always been this way. Ten years ago it wasn’t possible to be with your laptop in a random public place and stay connected to the Internet. The newer Mobile Internet revolution will eventually banish the wireless, but wireless will still remain as one of the biggest breakthroughs of the last decade.3. Say goodbye to 'regular' computers
Ten years ago laptops where luxury products. All the money went into the PC market, and it usually meant a white or gray box for which you had to MAKE extra space in your home. Luckily those times have passed. The general name of "Computer" is meant more and more often to be a laptop. An item that used to be really expensive and owned only by the rich it is now a popular, affordable, everyday product.4. Social networks
Social networks have created a completely unique environment that didn’t exist 10 years ago. Web clubs, forums, chat rooms, and even games like MafiaKings almost didn’t exist and if they did, they were only meant for a very limited group of people. Orkut opened the doors for the first real global social-network and later Facebook conquered the whole world. If Facebook was a country, it would be the third largest by population, following China and India with more than 500,000,000 ACTIVE users.5. Disappearing portable music players
Sony started a revolution in the beginning of 1980 by bringing the first almost comfortable portable music players to market. Cassette players like the Walkman. Shortly thereafter, there were portable CD-players and then MP3 players. It seemed like carrying music couldn’t get any easier, but it did. The breaking point was the year 2005 when phones started to play music. Why carry several devices when you can manage with one?6. Youtube
When Jawed Karim on the 23rd of April 2005 uploaded a video, "Me at the zoo", to his brand new site named youtube.com, he most likely couldn't even imagine what he had accomplished. Within a single year, YouTube grew into the world's biggest audio and video creation and hosting organism. Some live by the principle, "If youre not on YouTube, then you don't exist at all.”7. Skype
Skype brought a revolution to phone companies and changed the meaning of calling a person. Skype was invented by three young man from Estonia and due to its simplicity, it grew into a globally used program. Calling from one side of the world to another doesn't kill your wallet anymore, because with Skype you can do it for free from computer to computer. If you want to call to a regular phone, you'll still pay almost nothing.8. Browser became a tool
In the year 2000 the browser was not needed to do your work. If you had a computer with a browser, then you would surf around entertainment sites and perhaps have a calender. Now many tools have moved to web and works with the browsers. Companies have realized that its easier to work with web based programs rather than install a program on every employee's computer.9. Web stores and virtual trading
Amazon and E-bay already existed in the years 1994 and 1995, but the web stores' real global expansion only took place a few years ago. They have changed the face of trading. Sellers don't have to build showrooms or warehouses anymore and buyers don't have to wander around in them. It's easier to find the items you desire on the Internet. You can buy pizza, toilet paper, tanks and even fighter jets on Internet. Boxed software and games are almost pointless already.10. Files have moved to Internet
Five or six years ago blank CD's & DVD's where hot stuff, because with them you could get stuff from your friends and you could backup your hard-drive to it. Nowadays you don't go to your friend's place with a blank CD or DVD, but you simply ask for a link from him. Even storing up your stuff is easier now using memory sticks, external hard-drives, and DVD's.11. Linux fail
A lot of expectations placed in Linux, but Linux didn't manage to attract a lot of home users nor to fulfill any other expectation. Instead, the major competitor to Windows was the more reliable and robust Mac OS.12. Apple
In 2001, if you would have saved $2,000 and invested it in Apple stock instead of buying a new Mac, you would now have $30,000. It has been that meteoric rise in Apple stock on Wall Street that reflects the real truth, and that is that the last decade was dominated by Apple. iPod and iTunes closed down many record stores, and the iPhone alone has broken through the mobile Internet revolution, and, finally, iPad created a new fashion on the market and streets.13. Big screen TVs at home and in 3D!!
It wasn't long ago when people couldn't understand why you needed a big screen TV to watch a TV show. Now people are desperately grabbing 42 inches, 50 inches and even bigger HD-TVs.14. MMORPG
Finally we get to this one. In the early part of 2001 a new world was born called RuneScape. It wasn’t much of a success at the beginning. But it kept growing. An even greater start followed a game called World of Warcraft, which was created on the 23rd November 2004. After WoW, MMORPGs have grabbed millions of people who spend more time in a virtual world and spend more money than in real life. Your world changed on Friday July 11, 2008 when Mark Donello released his new game called MafiaKings. It has held its name ever since it was created.
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