Object Lesson Timeline and Reflection


I’m going to be completely honest with you guys, I don’t think this project was my best work. Now to be clear, I am actually very interested in this subject. I love technology. I am very interested in the origins of the devices we see and use on a daily basis, not just in terms of their design, but where they were assembled, where the materials come from, etc. I also like taking things apart from time to time. I like seeing just how things work, its something that always interested me. Above all I think I am interested in outdated and obsolete technology the most. Things like old video game consoles, phones, TV’s, etc. I like seeing how technology has evolved over the years, and it can be really fun to play with these old pieces of hardware. With all that being said however, This project still didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted it to, and that;s because just because I’m interested in a subject does not mean I am good at tackling it.

The first big challenge I faced when tackling this project was actually finding an old piece of technology. My family has a habit of throwing away anything we don’t need, including obsolete pieces of hardware. I had to search everywhere in my house to find something, and it was nothing short of a miracle when I actually found this old busted up iPhone 3G. The next major challenge came when it was time to take the thing apart. First of all, I don’t have the proper tools to take something delicate like an iPhone apart. The only thing I could use without destroying the phone was a screwdriver (Below you can see the result).Second, I have absolutely no professional knowledge in the field of tech, including how these things are put together. So when the time came to deconstruct the phone, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and doing research on the internet didn’t help very much. This kind of stuff is just impenetrable to me.

The final part of this project, putting together the timeline, I didn’t fare much better at. Now, I should point out that piecing together the information I needed was not all that hard. My parents and I have a very good memories, so when I was laying out the life of this iPhone, I was not only able to recall specific events, but the time period in which they occurred as well, and my parents helped fill in the blanks. The hard part came when it was time to actually assemble this information into a timeline. Again, I love technology, but I am terrible at using it. The interface for Timeline JS is impenetrable to me, so much so that I couldn’t even figure out how to properly convert the timeline I had into something interactive, forcing me to present it here in its most basic form possible. Then again, my fellow students seemed to have no problem doing this, so maybe I’m just stupid. That about sums up my thoughts on this whole thing, hopefully I will have a more firm grasp on the next project. See you all next week.

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