The PC Pioneers
‘The PC Pioneers’ looks at how the personal computer and Internet were developed. It celebrates the people rather than the products – those individuals who created and evolved the personal computer and the Net – and what an interesting group they were!
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‘The PC Pioneers’ looks at how the personal computer came of age. It does not dwell too long on the technologies themselves but instead celebrates the creative clusters, dynamic duos and inspiring individuals who created and evolved the personal computer – what an interesting group they were!
It was just under forty-five years ago that the term ‘personal computer’ first appeared as a concept in print. Today over a billion personal computers are in use around the world. It is also forty-five years since the beginnings of the Internet emerged as the ARPANET and developed in to the Internet and finally the World Wide Web. Today it has approaching two billion users - that’s close to 30% of the world’s population all interconnected.
PCs have very effectively changed every part of all of our lives. They have changed the way that we communicate in business and how we keep in touch with family, friends, old colleagues and school friends. PCs have changed the way that we acquire, buy and play music. They have fundamentally changed the ways in which we capture, manipulate, and distribute our photographs, videos and even catch up with the television shows that we have missed.
Along the way they have altered how we buy books and software, how we swap and sell unwanted and used products, how we review, research and book our travel, accommodation and holidays. They provide the means for us to access news, sports results, weather reports…
PCs also provide us with an instant dictionary, an encyclopaedia, a wealth of trivia facts, a thesaurus, a huge library of eBooks, a translator, a calculator, an address book, an appointments calendar and they can arbitrate by providing answers to our many queries, idle thoughts and family ‘disputes’. As a tool for researching books such as this the PC connected to the World Wide Web proves indispensible.
The automotive industry took three times as long, one hundred and twenty years to achieve 806m vehicles in use around the world versus 1bn PCs in just forty years. ‘If General Motors had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 mpg.’ Bill Gates, Microsoft.
But how did they evolve? And, how did the world-wide-web come about? More importantly who brought us these products and services?