- The programmable computer, first conceived by Charles Babbage in the 1830s, wasn't finally built until the 1930s.
- The computer of 1956 was a huge isolated machine.
- In 1943 Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, had said, I think there's a world market for maybe five computers.
- In July, 1958, a patent war was underway.
- By 1969, complete central processing were added to units
- Then Noyce formed a new company, INTEL, for INTegrated Electronics, and he started producing whole computer mother-boards.
- Costs plunged.
- Integrated circuits first really touched our lives a few years later when we all started carrying pocket calculators. But none of us yet had a clue where all this was going. Who could have guessed???
- Even with a calculator in his pocket, the president of Digital Equipment Company could say, as late as 1977, "There's no reason people would want computers in their homes." Little did he know????
- Then came a key invention -- the invention of modern software.
- Software made it possible for you and me to use our computers without writing their programs.
- At that point computers promptly did enter our homes, and they were soon entering the closest quarters of our daily lives as well. I got my 1st computer in 1995, and didn't have a clue how to use it. Wow look at me now!
- Today we all can have a computer not only in our homes or on our laps, but in our hands ....
I remember back in the 1970s, later part, reading an article about the "future" where it said one day people would be able sit on the beach and receive phone calls and be able to shop everywhere with just a plastic card? That was absurd to think of at that time and I remember laughing at such a predidction...it further said that people would be able to shop with swiping their arms over a board that would read all your personal info as it would be a chip implanted beneath your skin??? Hmmmm I wonder when that little invention will come...no wait we already have that technology ...
But today the world changes so fast that to buy a new computer or phone is a challenge and frankly quite disturbing, because by the time you get it into your car; drive home; go into the house; read the directions; and figure out how to use it and set it up; it is already obsolete.... is that not the frustrating truth of it all?
I recently had to buy a camera and experienced that same type of choice...my gosh what do I get the varieties were overwhelming...which one????
So as far as books you can now; get them in book stores; on the web; on your palm pilot; cd; or even on your phones....reading a book is just a look down ....I for one love it, because I want to read them all...however, when it comes to sitting down for a relaxing hour or two, I want to curl up with a paper book. One I can touch and feel and enjoy the words in print in front of my eyes....I also enjoy the artwork of the illustrator and the excitment of the prelude....
Yes books have come a long way, but I still want the old fashion book, the one I can look at in print and color...collecting them is my passion and the room for them all has become my challenge!