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!)