Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Past and Future of Computers

It's been a long time, but I still remember the first computer my family had.

It was a big, clunky desktop and took up a good portion of the dining room table whenever it was lugged out and all the wires were hooked up. Saving information had to be done to floppy disks (the actual floppy ones with the hole in the middle) so you sure as heck needed to keep track of them and make sure they weren't damaged.

As for the screen, it was tiny. The words may even have been green. But, to a kid who never had a computer before, something that looked similar to this was technology of the future:

Yep, we even had the printer where the paper had the little holes along the sides that had to be lined up just right. And then after I printed off my homework, I would have to rip carefully along the perforations to remove the holes and then tear each sheet of paper apart from the next one.

Ah, that was the life back then.

We upgraded over the years, of course, but it wasn't until I was out of college that I bought my first laptop. My freshman year I found that using my dorm's computer lab just wasn't going to cut it and bought a desktop that cleaned out quite a bit of my savings but was there for me for quite a few years.

But now? Now I can't imagine not having a laptop, how did I survive? It's so portable and clearly much smaller... but... maybe I just don't remember, but did I have as many problems with my desktop? I feel like my laptop is continually doing strange things and that I hear the same from other people. Everyone is always bringing their laptop in to be reformatted or to recover information after a crash... where does it end?

What do you think? Is the future of computers going to get better or are laptops going to start becoming obsolete as more people move to tablets? What do you use and do you love it?

(I was compensated for this post but my laptop does drive me crazy sometimes. If someone has one that is problem-free, I'd love to hear about it!)


Jenna said...

I agree....laptops can be such a pain sometimes! As you know, I've had my share problems with mine too. :) Thankfully, I was able to buy a new one after Christmas and couldn't be happier with it. Let's just hope it doesn't give me all the strange problems my last one did!

I wonder the same thing...if the future of computers will get better or if something else will come along?!

Scented Leaf said...

Well... sometimes computers make life easier, sometimes more complex and stressful. For sure, are a necessity in business life... You can transmit an email in few minutes but can you replace the feeling of receiving a scented letter?

Anonymous said...

My laptop has been a headache for the last 2 years, weren't we just talking about this? Anyways, my desktop which was my first computer, never had issues, was never sick, or tired. My laptop though tries to be strong, but I'm not sure how much it can take. We'll see after I pick her up from the doctor. I think laptops will be a thing of the past soon. JMO!

Dena Page, M.Ed., CBA said...

I remember those floppy disks! Word Perfect was on one, the other was our files/homework. I think laptops are fragile and we treat them like they're hardy. I mean, think about how much up and down and tipping and banging it gets. It just seems like these delicate chips must suffer from that treatment, don't you think?

MIG said...

Our laptop seems so dated now. We bought a desktop because they seem to last longer. It's what I use everyday. I used to be more of a laptop person but now I prefer my desktop. It's still nice to have the laptop when we're away from home though.