It is not very often that such a small inorganic object can drastically change our lives forever. Such a device that changes the way we work, live, and play is a special one, indeed. For over fifty years, a revolution has been taking place in the United States and the world. The personal computer has changed the way many people think and live. With its amazing versatility, it has found its way into every area of life, and knowing how to operate it is a requirement for today's world. If there were suddenly no computers on the world, there would be total chaos. People could not communicate, commute, make business transactions, purchase things, or do most things in their daily routine, because power plants use computers to control the production of electricity.
The most monumental change has been in the past fifteen years. Not too long ago, all that you could do with a computer was make mathematical calculations and type documents. Then the Apple computer company evolved it to a simpler system, this system was called BASIC. BASIC was a major development in the computer industry, because it made computers accessible to the average American. This helped greatly in proving that computers were no longer just toys and they had a very useful purpose.
Several years after the introduction of the BASIC system, Apple introduced a new line of computers called the Macintosh. Steve Jobs innovative idea of a personal computer led him into revolutionizing the computer hardware and software industry. When Jobs was twenty one, he and a friend, Wozniak, built a personal computer called the Apple. Two years after building the Apple I, Jobs introduced the Apple II. The Apple II was the best buy in personal computers for home and small business throughout the following five years. When the Macintosh was introduced in 1984, it was marketed towards medium and large businesses. The Macintosh took the first major step in adapting the personal computer to the needs of the corporate work force. He was able to build a personal computer and market the product. His innovative ideas of user-friendly software for the Macintosh changed the design and functionality of software interfaces created for computers. The Macintosh's interface allowed people to interact easier with computers, because they used a mouse to click on objects displayed on the screen to perform some function. These Macintosh computers were extremely easy to use, and were about the same price of a computer that used BASIC. Apple's business exploded with the Mac, Macintosh was put in schools and millions of homes proving that the computer was a useful tool after all. The Macintosh made such an impact on the computer industry that IBM and Microsoft joined forces to produce the MS-DOS system. The MS-DOS system was the basis of the Windows program, which made Bill Gates the multi-billionaire that he is. Steve Jobs was considered a brilliant young man in Silicon Valley, because he saw the future demands of the computer industry.
With windows and the Apple system, the modem which had been around for several years, could be used for its full potential. Instead of linking one computer to another, now millions of computers could be linked with massive main frames from on-line services such as America On-Line or Prodigy. People finally had full affordable access to the World Wide Web and could communicate with people across the street or across the world. The internet is used by millions of people across the world each day for a vast variety of reasons from reading a magazine, to getting business information such as stock quotes, to planning a trip and making reservations, to send and receive e-mail, or even listen to music and watch a video clip.
Advancement in technology has affected many people in many ways. New technology has altered peoples' consciousness, language, and the way society views the world. Technological advancements have made the world smaller, and have made things...
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