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A Time to be Thankful

2016 has been marching on and Thanksgiving is upon us. The time of year when we sit down with family and loved ones and reflect on the things that we’re thankful for. Being a technology company, naturally my thoughts turn to how that technology improves our lives and makes it easier to keep in touch with the people that matter to us – something that is truly worth being thankful for.

It was only 60 years ago that a 10 minute long distance call would have cost you the equivalent of almost $70 in today’s money. Nowadays, it’s essentially free. There’s really no excuse for not calling mom, or keeping in touch with family members who live in other cities during the holiday period. Even international calls have been made easy, and extremely cheap, thanks to VoIP technology such as Skype.

Video calling, a technology that has always been thought of as quintessentially futuristic, is now available on cell phones that we carry in our pocket. It was only 1968 when we saw the amazing ‘video phone‘ in the sci-fi movie 2001: A space Odyssey. Now we can make a video call to anyone, anywhere in the world, in a matter of seconds, for free.

If you’re traveling home to see family, think about how that journey would be without modern technology. The introduction of the jet airliner in the 50s made cross country travel simple. Now you can get from New York to Los Angeles in a matter of hours. It took Christopher Columbus over 2 months to reach the New World from Spain. A journey that can be accomplished in under 12 hours today, thanks to the jet airliner.

There are also numerous inventions that have improved our homes and in turn, our kitchens. Think about what cooking a Thanksgiving feast would be like without the consumer appliances that we have come to rely upon. Now we can cook a meal for a whole family with relative ease. The oven, the refrigerator, the dishwasher, and many more ingenious devices, make our life easier. Heat up those post-Thanskgiving leftovers in the microwave in minutes!

Here’s a list of some other useful inventions that we take for granted:

  • 1955 TV Remote Control
  • 1955 Polio Vaccine
  • 1958 Laser Bean
  • 1962 Communications Satellite
  • 1969 Smoke Detector
  • 1969 Automated Teller Machine
  • 1973 Cellphone
  • 1978 GPS
  • 1984 DNA Fingerprinting

I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s a lot to be thankful for. Most importantly, these technologies have helped to bring us together. If they aren’t actually connecting us, they are freeing us of tasks allowing us to spend more time together.

Thanks for being a Telelink customer,

Jim Montgomery

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