Geeky Grandmother Reflections


It’s 1995.  I’m in the airport of Canada’s Capital, Ottawa, waiting to take a short flight back to Toronto and I’m filling in time browsing the magazines in the airport shop.  Something new catches my eye – a magazine cover that says “The New Rules of Business – Work is Personal -Computing is Social – Knowledge is Power – Break the Rules”.  It’s called Fast Company. I buy it and read it from cover to cover and it explains the new world in a way that makes sense,

It’s 2016 and Fast Company has come of age.  So have I in a somewhat different way.  As a geeky grandmother, I now read Fast Company’s anniversary issue on an Ipad using a Zenio app.  And I realize that I have lived through the same wild ride that the magazine has.  Everyone over 21 should read the article.  But with apologies to Fast Company I’m just going to list some of the things it names for the time challenged – and let you ponder what we’ve come across in the last twenty years – and often left behind

  • Netscape
  • Palm Pilot
  • Travelocity
  • Fox News
  • Craigslist
  • WiFi
  • Prius
  • 3G
  • HDTV
  • PayPal
  • TiVo
  • Napster
  • Amazon
  • Zipcar
  • GPS
  • MapQuest
  • Skype
  • Wikipedia
  • TED
  • Whole Foods
  • Creative Class
  • Human Genome
  • My Space
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Al Jazeera
  • Iphone
  • Chrome
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Etsy
  • Kickstarter
  • Warby Parker
  • Netflix
  • Square
  • Uber
  • Airbnb
  • Apple Watch

Thanks, Fast Company – often I met these things for the first time through you!  What will we learn about in the next 20 years?