I shall be switching off my school laptop for good in less than 3 weeks time, after a long career in IT. I am retiring at the end of term & I intend to spend more time with my 1 year old grand-daughter & of course taking the occasional holiday in 'TERM TIME'.
I started work more than 40 years ago & have had a great time. I have been fortunate to have been fully employed all my adult life, the last 11 years working in a school have been the most rewarding from a job satisfaction viewpoint. I have enjoyed being a member of the Edugeek forum for a number of years & have found it a great source of information, help, and sometimes provocative debate..... long may it continue.
The very first computer I worked on was an IBM System 360/195 with 4mb 'core' memory, one of only 3 systems like it in Europe at the time. It occupied a room the size of a tennis court. Each of the 1mb memory 'boards' occupied a frame roughly 6ft long, 6ft high, and was about 1 ft wide. They were on wheels so engineers could slide them out of the mainframe chassis.
By way of comparison 42 years later I am sat here with a mobile phone in my pocket with 16gb memory & a further 32gb in a micro SD card
Technology is still moving at a pace, I am glad (& sad) to be stepping off the escalator of change, it has become harder to keep up to speed in the last couple of years
To all my fellow Edugeek users & supporters, I wish all of you a long and happy future in whatever you do.....