It Has Arrived18 July, 2008
I am posting this on my new computer. My desktop computer (a five year old Dell (which had done yeoman’s service)) died about a month ago leaving (((Wife))) and I with only (((Boys))) fancy-pants Dell laptop which he will be taking away to college in August.
I ordered a new computer from Dell. It’s an Inspiron 1525 with an upgraded processor. The price was reasonable, the thing blasts compared to the old desktop, and it has a cool white and blue pattern on the cover. They gave me a shipping date of July 29th. It arrived today!!!!!!
My very first computer, when I was a Sophomore in high school (my second Sophomore year) my parents bought me a computer. It was the hottest machine on the market at the time. It was a TI-PC with two 5.25-inch drives, a whopping 128k of RAM, a souped up 8086 processor, and a 1.2-Megabyte hard drive. It was huge. Monitor, computer, and printer weighed in at about 30 pounds. I used it all the way through college. I got very, very good at writing batch files and programming in C, Cobol, Basic and Compiled Basic.
My second computer was a laptop with a 10-Meg hard drive, a little RAM, and a black and white monitor. It was good, but by the mid-90s (((Wife))) and I needed a machine which could be used easily. We fell for a Packard Bell POS which worked fairly well, and then died.
The Dell desktop replaced the PB, and I discovered a computer that actually worked. I learned all about mp3’s, digital photography, and the limitations of a 10-Gig hard drive.
My new computer has an 80-Gig hard drive (plus we have a 250-Gig external flash drive). From an 8086 to a dual core Pentium whatever. From 1.2 megabytes of hard drive to 80 Gigabytes. From 128 k of RAM to 2 Gigs of Ram. And the new one is not even top of the line. Not even close.
In less then 25 years.
What will a computer be able to do in another 25 years?