Tech stories of the year and decade

One of my favourite tech podcasts, This Week in Tech (aka TWiT), took a look at the top tech stories of the year and decade gone in the recent episode #228. Host Leo Laporte with Kevin Rose ( and and Robert Scoble ( and discuss some of the defining events and trends in technology from what has certainly been an incredible decade. The episode is well worth a watch, and as a bonus is embedded here thanks to Leo now having a TWiT channel on YouTube,

Included in the discussion are lots of video submissions from a range of people in the tech sector as follows,

(Props to for the list which I shamelessly copied here!)

So what about my views? Glad you asked!

Personally, I think the explosion of the internet in the last 10 years should be at or near the top of the list. I remember moving from a dialup internet connection to “broadband” in May 2004 and thinking at the time “why is this thing always connected? surely I won’t need that.” Oh how times have changed! We now read the news (RIP newspapers), shop, get a weather forecast, talk to family via Skype, look up phone numbers (RIP phonebooks), watch TV shows and so much more at anytime online without a second thought. But perhaps bigger than all that is how the internet has brought friends (and indeed the world) so much closer together by making it easy to set up your own website or blog and to share photos, videos and news on sites like Flickr, YouTube and Twitter. And talking about internet trends wouldn’t be a complete discussion without mentioning Facebook which saw phenomenal growth in 2009 and now has us chatting and sharing with friends and family on a regular basis.

So for me, the internet was the big story of the decade and I believe the mobile internet (via cell phones, netbooks and laptops) will dominate the next 10…


About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

One Response to Tech stories of the year and decade

  1. Chris says:

    And a few additions as I ponder the last decade…

    Broadband takes over from dialup
    The rise of Google – Gmail, Chrome, Android
    Apple dominates digital music with the iPod and iTunes
    Hardware improvements – HDD’s, SSD’s, Wifi, Netbooks
    Mainstream desktop PC’s go 64bit
    The Wii takes gaming in a new direction
    Apple redefines the smart phone market with the iPhone and App store

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