The power in our pockets

How incredible is smart phone technology?
Well, more than one website confirms “we carry more computing power in our pockets than astronauts carried to the moon.” That’s how incredible.
Which sounds crazy, except when you consider you can pull out your iPhone and using FaceTime have a real-time video conversation with someone across the country. Or can get turn by turn verbal instructions to drive there.
And yet, for all of this, when I broke my iPhone a few months ago and had to return the broken one, the instructions told me I would need a paper clip in order to eject the SIM card.
Yes, a paper clip.
What I needed to do was bend the paper clip and insert one end into a little hole next to the SIM card tray and the card would pop out, which it did.
What was this, I kept thinking, 1992?
Back then we used the same “tool,” a paper clip, to eject a “stuck” three-and-a-quarter inch floppy disk from a Mac Classic.
Technology has come a long way, indeed, but there’s something comforting about knowing the paper clip still has a role. And a darned important role.
Even more power that we can carry in our pocket.

Ed Ackerman