History Of Computers (1975-Present)
Computers have been an integral part of society for as long as many people can remember. Nowadays, it’s very rare for an average household to not have a single computer. They help businesses run smoothly, coordinate strategic strikes in the military, and also help a mother find a new recipe to cook her family dinner; all in the blink of an eye. Let’s take a look at how things have changed since 1975 to where we are now.
In 1975, the first consumer computers (those we could purchase) became available to the public. They were nothing like the computers of today, slim, sleek, and efficient. Instead, these were huge, bulky machines that had a severely reduced operating system. There was no customization or top of the line product. Everyone’s machine was arguably the same, and they all served the same function at the same rate.
Jump forward ten years and we enter the competitive race between Apple and Microsoft. These two major companies provided us with more affordable, user friendly computers that paved the way for the machines in our homes today. This is the time where you find games and internet communication shaping the purpose for consumer computers; a time where someone could speak to their friend in a separate location via their computer, or play a game.
Another ten years fly by and we have the emergence of mega-search engines like Google and Yahoo. The internet is becoming an exciting, unexplored world and the computers systems engineers are paving the way for some of the biggest names in the world. Now, computers have messenger programs and much more intense video games, connecting hundreds and thousands of people simultaneously.
But, even all of that pales in comparison to the machines we have now in the twenty-first century. We have computers that can fit in envelopes; computers that are package all into the monitor; super-computers than can process seemingly impossible amounts of information all at once. This has also led to the expansion of studies such as graphic design, software engineering, etc.
Computers have taken leaps and bounds since the 1970’s. It’s no doubt that they will continue to do so in the future. As technology continues to become more advanced and complex, so too will the computers that end up using these programs. It’s an exciting and unknown frontier, one that is eagerly being explored.