When Greg Wilkinson put up a wall in his Sydney, Australia house back in 1995, he put a note inside it as a “time capsule” of sorts. He predicted it would be unearthed in about 2060, while his wife thought it would be closer to 2020.
His wife was closer to the mark, but Greg, a contractor, got two things very right — and both had to deal with the rise of Islamism.
Most of the letter, of course, is not that ideological. It was posted to a Facebook group by Sasha Ilic, who apaprently found the letter while knocking down said wall. The letter talks about the computer it was written on — a 486DX PC with a 8 megabytes of RAM, fairly top of the line in April of 1995, when Pentium chips had just been introduced (and when adolescent me was still using an Atari 1040ST to get online).
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Wilkinson notes that back in April of 1995, “every man and his dog wants to ‘surf’ the internet. Please tell me this expression has now died.” Consider it done, Greg.
Later in the letter, however, Wilkinson got political, and made a number of highly prescient observations about where the world was going… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]