Break on through to the other side

Computerworld Hong Kong has been published continuously since 1984. According to the calendar, that's about 35 years. But by the Technology Publishing Calendar, it's more like 127.5 years.

Looking at copies of CWHK from the mid-80s, vendors like Wang, Burroughs and Sperry-Univac dominate. Models with big hair brandish five-inch floppy disks: the latest in storage technology. It was a different world.

Nowadays, many of us never leave home without a Net-connected mobile phone (or two). We have 500GB SSDs so small they fit in a shirt pocket. Our personal tech setups were unimaginable a few decades ago, yet for younger users, it's normal because it's always been that way. In Hong Kong, the “digital divide” is more like a generation gap.

People of my generation experienced both sides of the equation. We remember when most communication was via landlines or face-to-face. We learned handwriting (remember that?). Producing and distributing content required specialized tools and skills. There's a reason we still call media “the press.”

And we learned the new tools. To me, email is still the killer app: personally and professionally. But media increasingly shifts to the short-attention-span maelstrom where the Twitterati dwell.

When we look into my crystal ball, we see a future of splintered technologies competing and coalescing—a technodrome of ambition, failures, and successes. Tech is now part of mainstream business. And that, ultimately, is a good thing.

Our Technology Trendlines 2019 issue presents the top 10 technology trends to watch in Hong Kong and global enterprise IT space. You can download the digital copy here.

All the best in the Year of the Boar!

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