COMPUTERS

The personal computer was not quite as fast in terms of accessiblity to the masses as the radio and television were. That's why we have really only seen intense growth in the number of homes having a personal computer over the past few years.

There are many reasons for this. The first "personal" computers cost as much as $12,000 (and that was in 1970s dollars) and were, to be quite honest, pretty primitive little things. The average Game-Boy today would blow away the top of the line PC of the early days.

Additionally, early computers were not easy to use or understand for regular people. Anyone with a computer in the 70s and 80s was likely perceived as an "egghead," or, less kindly, a "geek." Remember the movie "Revenge of the Nerds?"

As the 1980s drew to a close, however, many advancements both in hardware and in software made computers not only more powerful with more capabilities, but easier to operate. And, as with any new technology, the prices started to come down. Thus many more people entered the market.

Computers continue to get faster, more powerful, and cheaper all the time. Software designers have made a lot of money over the past ten years coming up with easy to use programs utilizing all the latest bells and whistles. The most amazing thing about the computer market is the frequency and sheer volume of advancement. It is not uncommon for a computer that is only one year old to be considered a "dinosaur."

By the early 90s, thanks to advancements made by Steve Jobs and Bill Gates (and all of their hard-working brainiac subordinates) the personal computer had come into its own.

Around that time, people began seeing the immense potential of the Internet, which had been around in one form or another since the 1960s.

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