modsssem.jpgRob Tornoe has a sobering post on his site today. It’s a graph from a 1982 Newsweek article:

“The Modem, a.k.a. modulator/demodulator, is a handy little device that lets computers talk over telephone lines. … ‘I go home, have a glass of wine, turn on my computer and see what’s on Dow Jones,’ says Apple vice president Wilfred Houde. ‘I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but I don’t read the paper anymore.’”

– Newsweek cover story, February 22, 1982, page 54.

Tornoe titles his post “The REAL Beginning of the End,” but we don’t agree. The REAL real beginning of the end would have been a graph from newspaper editors around the country on February 23, 1982, saying that either they hadn’t read the story or, worse – and more likely – that they’d read it and thought nothing … absolutely nothing … about it.