Just a few days later, I was watching an ESPN biopic about the upbringing of Shannon Sharpe (as Im a diehard Broncos fan, its fun to relive something that reminds me of when we actually had a really good team!) Anyhow, Sharpe is younger than me, yet he grew upin this countryin a house without running water or indoor plumbing and that was in the 1970s and 80s! Its just a matter of perspective, of course although it was happening while things like virtual servers (as in IBMs MVS operating system), Cray supercomputers, 3380 disks, square tape cartridges, and even solid state disks were entering the IT space.
Of course, the social examples Ive used here were, thankfully, not representative of the norm for the majority of people in the US or the developed world. But, then again, nor were virtual computing platforms and solid state disks within IT: both burgeoning technologies right now! To that extent, there is more of a parallel with IT, as way back in the 60s and 70s it was still a very specialist tool, often at the margin of business and certainly not as integrated into all aspects of life as it is today. Its all a long time ago, yes, but its also all only yesterday. Bringing this together, I was reminded of something that I heard a few weeks back, when chatting with Michael Cornwell at Pure Storage: Michael wryly introduced himself as a second generation storage person. By this, he wasnt referring to the advanced nature of what hes been involved with at Pure (albeit true), but rather to the fact that hes the offspring of two parents that had spent much of their working lives in the disk drive business! Good old storage, eh!? Any third generation folks out there?