Decade in Review: the 25 Most Important Tech Moments of 2000 - 2010

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comptech08

Kind of late to do this, right?

 

Was not the previous decade, 2000-2009?  That is 10 years, is it not?

 

:)

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punditguy

There was no year 0. Decades, therefore, are 1-10, not 0-9.

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squarebab

You would think more "geeks" and "science guys" would get this already.

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eday_2010

That doesn't matter. That just means that the first decade wasn't actually a decade, but only nine years long. Decades run from xxx0 to xxx9. 1990-1999 is one decade (10 years), as is 2000-2010 (10 years).

Using your logic, no year should end in zero simply because there was no year 0.

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squarebab

And the first century only had 99 years. And the the first millennium was only 999 years.

You're so funny.

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ShyLinuxGuy

Hmmm...

I was a 3rd grader (or thereabouts) in 2000, but from 2000 to 2010 is a HUGE contrast technologically. I remember bringing a PowerPoint (created with Office 2000) to school on a 3.5 floppy back then around 4th-5th grade--a few weeks ago, I put a ~200MB school project on a device that I can conceal in my hand (flash drive). CRT monitors (and TVs) were still dominant; you basically only had an LCD if you had a laptop. Computers were still "beige" in color. Everyone used Windows 98 or Windows 95 (or, if unfortunate, Windows ME), and Linux was unheard of outside tech circles. The Macintosh entered the Millenium with the old platform still hanging on for dear life (OS 9). Cell phones were still "experimental", and not as common as today.Communicating with friends was still done the old fashioned way, or with email. People got excited over 128MB MP3 players. The big piracy revolution began around this time too.

The Internet was really only for research more than it is for entertainment today, and Times New Roman/Arial was the de facto font for Web pages. Graphics were pixellated and crude. Remember Yahooligans? I spent a LOT of time using that when I was younger.

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novatvstdios

WEB APIs, Jquery, wordpress doing all the grunt work of web 2.0

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andrewc513

CPU war between ATI and nVidia?  :P

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comptech08

haha ya, should be GPU.

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vistageek

Palm had a nice interface that was lightning fast years before apple.

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teh 1337 haxxor

Sad that hi-fi is slowly dying. You would think that apple would allow you to download lossless audio from itunes. Even if it were their apple lossless codec I would probably start buying music online. Also sad the the ipod is now like gen 6 or 7 or something and still doesn't support FLAC. Not like the sound quality is good enough to bother playing FLACs back on an ipod anyways...

I also would have liked to have seen Linux  (or open source software) on there instead of Windows 7. Windows 7 in no real way revolutionized anything. Vista had a bigger hand in things than Windows 7, and XP played the biggest role. However, look at how much Linux has grown. Even my mom knows what Linux is. Linux is here to stay at this point, and will soon be a big competitor to Windows (as soon as we start seeing full-fledged games for Linux). Also, I didn't see anything for 64 bit processors, which was also kind of a big deal.

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squarebab

Hi-Fi is not for kids. It is not mobile and it is not cheap (think stealing music). I bought into SACD and DVD-A in the early 2000s, but Napster and iTunes won the day. I was hoping Blu-ray audio was going to take off once the Hi-Def war was won, but I'm not holding my breath.  SACD and DVD-A sound stunning with a properly configured (and expensive) system, and I have all my CDs ripped into .wav for my portable listening (for my iPods and an external harddrive for my car audio). I don't buy mp3s and I haven't bothered with a Napster-type download since receiving a nasty-gram from the estate of Roy Orbison via email in 2000 (even then the music industry was tagging music downloads; be wary kids).

Hi-Fi is not dead, it is just waiting for the current generation to grow up.

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knexkid

The death of HiFi really upsets me. I just recently bought the logitech z-5500s which are awesome and I decided to redo my entire music collection into lossless. It took a lot of time re-ripping but lossless is just so much better. I also found a well, I just found it, a 5.1 lossless version of an album I have. One album takes up 1.8GBs.....but it sounds amazing. All 6 channels have their own lossless stream. I really really really wish all music sounded like that.

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XoRn

Particularly the steam platform which has changed the way many people buy games now and days. It also provides a form of DRM that's actually reliable and practically hassle free.

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Captain_Steve

I think this is the 3rd or 4th Maximum PC best of list of some type to include the iPhone as being mentioned. Between most significant steps of cell phones, the biggest tech milestones of the last decade, and the biggest blunders of the year; I'm beginning to think that the iPhone may be the most important technological achievement in the history of man kind. I feel honoured to live in such a world.

Also; one of the first two replies is spam? Seriously? Couldn't there just be some feature that checks and makes sure the same thing isn't copied and pasted several times in a comment? I think the URL for the spam site is there like 15 times; isn't there some way to pick up on posts that do that and block them?

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chipmunkofdoom2

All I can say is screw you Maximum PC. Literally, that's all I can say. My real comment was apparently spam. Man you guys are idiots. You went from a captcha that didn't work to a spam filter that doesn't work.

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teh 1337 haxxor

lol umadbro? Sounds to me like their spam filter does need a little work. I think it missed your message.

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