If I were to make a history book of the years from 1981 to 1996, I would
put computers on the cover. Computers, you may ask?, Yes computers, because 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
Computers have evolved extreme rapidly in the past fifteen years. Ten
years ago, all that you could do with a computer, was primarily make mathematical
calculations and type documents, but doing that required typing in a series of complex
codes that took a great deal of training to learn. Then the Apple computer company took
this complex computer language and evolved it to a simpler system of computer language
using words that made sense in their context. This system was called 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. Most people still felt the cost was too great
for a glorified typewriter.
Several years after they introduction of the BASIC system, Apple
introduced a new line of computers called the Macintosh. These Macintosh computers
were extreme easy to use, and were about the same price of a computer that used BASIC.
Apple's business exploded with the Mac, Macintosh were put in schools and millions of
homes proving that the computer was an extreme 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. 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; American
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 getting
help with homework, to 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 or watch a video clip.
Businesses would come to a grinding halt if their computers suddenly
stopped. Business men would not be able to communicate with one another, because they
could not use phones, pagers, cellular phones, fax machines, or e-mail. People could not
write documents because many offices do not even have a typewriter. Business is not the
only aspect of our lives that is effect by computers, we could not by things at the store,
use most appliances in our homes, drive our cars, or even get electricity, because the
power commands use computers to control the flow electricity.
In the future, computers will play an even more important role in our lives.
Computers will link the citizens of this country with the government, some day making it
possible for the citizens to directly vote on each bill that is up for vote. This will make
America the first true democracy since the Greeks.