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TechBits: March 2003 tech almanac

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The Tech Guy found a technology time capsule this week- right on his book shelf.  It's a 2003 technology almanac.  Taking a look back 10 years, it reveals a little about the difference a decade can make in technology.

Palm devices were still hot.  Now, they're all but unheard of, having been replaced by smart phones.  The phones can do everything Palm devices could do, with more memory, better graphics, wifi, and cell data connection.  Plus, of course, they're phones.

In 2003, Microsoft was still trying to get some users to upgrade to Windows XP.  The operating system was relatively new- and it wound up being a big hit.  So much so that Microsoft has extended its support lifetime to 2014- making it last more than twice the lifetime of the average computer.

Google wasn't yet the top search engine.  Lots of people were still using Yahoo and a few other engines.  Now, Google is so popular that other engines have died out- and Google is even used as a verb.

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