I first discovered computers back in the early eighties.
I soon had my own Spectrum and taught myself to programme BASIC.
Ultimately that led to a job in IT and the learning curve increased as I added other languages to my portfolio.
On the hardware side I watched in amazement as my original 40Mb became redundant and disks grew larger and larger [I currently have 1Tb in this machine with around another 7 or 8Tb on removable drives]. Memory increased in parallel as did processor speed. Floppy drives came and went as did CDs. PCs were replaced by laptops [in my world anyway].
Programmes evolved at an alarming rate and each new release was a moment of interest to see all the new features.
At my peak I was designing loads of sites, using code written from scratch. I was teaching web design and development and was making a reasonable hash of it.
Then something happened. Somehow the whole rush to improve things ground to a near halt. I used to look forward to new Linux releases but now each new release is very much the same as the previous. Windows of course progressively got worse and drove me to Linux a long time ago.
I used to have fun playing around with websites on my laptop. I would try new designs or new features for my various projects. Then the opportunity to add new features seemed to dry up. I don’t even have a web server on my laptop now. The old software I used doesn’t work any more. I could probably fix that but I just couldn’t be bothered.
I am now in pure maintenance mode. I’ll fix something if it breaks but that’s it. This site is coming up to its sixteenth anniversary and I suppose it will drift along for a while more. There is little enthusiasm for change.
There is a new version of WordPress coming out on the first of next month and is causing some excitement in some quarters, The last time they did anything radical [with their new editor] it pissed me off [along with a lot of others]. I can’t see anything interesting in the upcoming version. I’ll upgrade all the sites but that’s simply routine.