It's easy to complain about the state of current consumer electronics. You may, say, wish your laptop didn't get hot enough to cook a panini. Or that the Wi-Fi in your apartment didn't always have your Netflix buffering. Or maybe that your browser didn't always crash when you opened your 115th tab. As much as you may grumble about your gadgets and services, just know this: We're much better off now than we once were. To illustrate that point, we took a look back at the year 1997 to see how things used to be.
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