Technology has improved APRS a lot. For example, many radios now have built-in TNC's and GPS units (like my Yaesu FT-2DR handheld). Mapping back in the early days used DOS-driven software with rudimentary character-drawn maps, whereas now we have high-resolution mapping, satellite images, and super-fast colorful displays that draw very little power. Websites like http://www.aprs.fi give near-real time aprs data via the internet.
As usual, the OVARC meeting had other interesting stuff including a demo of his Lindenblad Satellite Antenna project by Ron, W7HD, and a short Handyman's Corner talk by Tom, W8TK on how to build a $5 antenna tuner.