Rosetta’s lander Philae has recently arrived on a comet racing hundreds of millions of miles from Earth. It’s been an astonishing journey for robotic space probe Rosetta, a vehicle designed in the late 1990s and hurled into space back in March 2004.
These days for a device to last a decade is almost unheard of thanks to continuous high-tech upheaval and falling standards of mass manufacturing. But as Rosetta’s mission enters its final stages, we got to thinking about how much things have changed in the 10 years since the Rosetta launched. By tech-standards, that’s a lifetime!
So just how much have things changed? Well, here are 10 gadgets and services that didn’t even exist when Rosetta left Earth:
1. Twitter: March 2006. Hashtag – Really!? Hard to believe, we know!
2. The iPhone: June 2007. Although not the first smartphone, the iPhone was undoubtedly a game-changer.
3. YouTube: Started February 2005. Our funny cat video craze was still largely confined to You’ve Been Framed.
4. Amazon’s Kindle Reader: November 2007. The device went out of stock in just five hours and remained out of stock until five months later.
5. Windows Vista: January 2007. Actually, I think we all just skipped this one and kept right on using Windows XP, which, come to think of it, could really be the Rosetta probe of operating systems given its longevity!
6. Google Maps: February 2005. What did we do before Google Maps? Before then life was a blur.
7. Firefox browser: November 2004. Up until then we were all still using Explorer. It’s a wonder the Internet survived this long.
8. 4G wireless networks: March 2008. Many of us were still fumbling around on 2G or EDGE networks as 3G was just making its way into our lives. True mobile broadband was yet to come. These were dark times, indeed.
9. Netflix streaming: February 2007. When Rosetta left us, we were all still eagerly rushing to the letterbox to retrieve our next dvd from Netflix.
10. Flip Video: May 2006. Remember when our smartphones weren’t quite good enough to take decent videos? That’s when Flip Video staged its revolution. Fortunately it didn’t last long.
Bonus: A guy named Mark Zuckerburg started a social network in his dorm room in February 2004. Sounds promising. Definitely one to watch.
Images courtesy of: Twitter, Apple, You Tube, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Firefox, Techsuplex.com, Netflix and Cisco Flip Video