Author Archives: Bill

Ahead Of The Curve Or Behind The Times?

Technology can make fools of us all. If you are too slow to pick up on a trend, you will be missing out, or so you’re led to believe. However, jumping on the bandwagon too early can result in costly and embarrassing mistakes – there are attics all over the world that contain pieces of technology whose time “was coming”, and then passed without ever being “now”. Early adoption of a piece of technology can pay off for you. If you have got to grips with a […]

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Cheaper, Faster, Smaller, Better?

When people spend money, they want to get something that means their spending was worthwhile. For every purchase that is made, a standard is set – if your friend has got a computer that does certain things, for a certain price, then you have your benchmark – you want something at least as good, ideally better. You want it for at most the same price, but ideally cheaper. The more that people purchase an item, the greater the incentive for companies to look at how they can […]

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The Rise Of The Laptop Computer

One of the main elements of technological advance is that over time, any platform will be made smaller. As we had the telephone, now we have the mobile or cell phone. As we had the gramophone, so we invented the record player and eventually the compact disc. And inevitably, while computers started out being so large as to fill entire rooms, so they became smaller. Eventually, this led to the invention of the laptop computer – which happened in a very basic form as long ago as […]

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The Simplification Of Personal Computers

Once upon a time, anyone who knew how to do anything with a computer beyond switching it on would have habitually been referred to as a “geek”. Certainly, if you spent any more than an hour a day using a computer for anything other than work, you would have been considered uncool. However, recently the use of computers has become something that more people do than not. The very idea of something like Facebook ten or fifteen years ago would have set alarm bells ringing among the […]

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Your PC – From Box To Desktop

As time goes on, any technological development will be refined and re-refined until it is automatic and can be operated by a trained monkey – and then it will be honed some more. As easy as we now find it to operate a personal computer, there was a time when it required a great deal of messing around to get it initially set up, and in many cases every time you turned it on. These days, you can take delivery of a personal computer one moment and […]

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Great Things About Computers #6: Writing

The development of easier-to-use personal computers has contributed immensely to the ever-greater quantity of writing being done in this day and age. Although opinion will naturally be divided on whether this is a good thing, it has certainly democratized the process considerably, meaning that more and more people can get their writing published or publish it themselves. To make a long story short, if you wanted to write a book in times gone past, you would have needed a typewriter or a complicated word processor – potentially […]

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Great Things About Computers #5: Email

Before we had email, the world was a different place entirely – but it is hard to think how different because it has become such an accepted part of life that we hardly remember what we did before we could send and receive email. Most of us will use it at least once a day, and many of us will have an email client open for most of the day for one reason or another. It helps us work and keep in contact with friends. Before email, […]

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Great Things About Computers #4: Music

The development of technology dedicated to music has been constant during all of our lifetimes. There will be many people reading this who can remember a time when the choices available for playing music amounted to “cassette or vinyl”, with possibly an 8-track player thrown in out of left field. These days, more and more people are using their computers to find and play music. Downloading has become a major part of the music market. Initially, the vast bulk of music downloading was done illegally through peer-to-peer […]

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Great Things About Computers #3: Gaming

If you have a computer for any reason other than work and/or the Internet then the chances are that you are a gamer. There are other ways to play games – dedicated consoles are one such way – but the increased amount of memory available with a home computer means that more complex games are best when played on a PC. PC gaming really comes into its own on “thinking” games, where a large amount of data needs to be stored and recalled at short notice. Sports […]

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Great Things About Computers #2: Data Storage

Information is everything. From the moment you are born, there is information pertaining to you, and a place for that information to be stored. As you go through life, you collect more and more information, and the pace of that information keeps increasing. The first time you get a bank account, the first time you get a job, every examination you sit – it all becomes information. When information is created, it has to be stored. Walk into any office for any company or authority that has […]

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