Do you remember?

By: John Tucker

I am old enough to remember the first time that anyone mentioned the word computer. I and most other people did not know what they were talking about.

My best friend’s father worked on one of the first computers called "Univac." This was not a desktop. It was the size of a two-story building. That was in the early 50's.

Then in the 70"s the computers with improved technology started to develop. They had application in business, science and education. They were also being made small enough to fit on a table or desk. (Desktop). Computer software was developed to enhance the needs of business, science, and education.

By the 80's the desktop computer was starting to emerge in many businesses. The public started using the desktop more in their homes. They were used, for small businesses and for pleasure. The software was enhancing the desktop computer’s ability to help and entertain. The main software that I used was called "Basic." There were many other types of programs that had been developed for business, science, and education."Basic" was becoming the main software for the computers using the IBM operating systems. Apple had created their own software and in most cases it was more friendly to the average person when used.

The"Basic" program language made it easy to create simple programs such as; games or developing forms, etc. I even developed some short games for may enjoyment.

The first desktop computer that I learned to work on was a "Radio Shack." The desktop computer took a big floppy disk, about 9" inches square. Then within few years time the size of the floppy disk went down in size to about 4,1/4" inches square. While the floppy disks got smaller, the memory capacity of the desktop computer started increasing. It seems to me like the desktop I used in the early part of the 80's went from about 64k, 128K, to 512K. Today there are desktop computers that have 100's of giga bite (GB). The floppy disk holds 1.44 mega bites (MB), and the CD’ holds five times that of the 1.44MB floppy. (You need to know the metric measure system to appreciate the jumps from kilo(KB) bites, to giga bites(GB)). The cell phones or most other forms of digital electronic products you use have one hundred to a thousand times more memory of storage than the first desktop computers.

Losing or wiping out your work, after hours of tedious typing, could happen at any time for any insignificant reason. Today’s desktop computers have very few accident where your work is wiped out. In the 80.s you needed to back up your work every five or six lines of typing. I believe that I lost more hours of work on the older computers like the"Radio Shack" than anyone else in the world. When the Apple II’s came out the only time that I lost any work was based on my stupidity

As the 80's came to a close technology for the desktop computer had grown. There was excellent sophisticated software developed mostly by Microsoft. Everyone one in America was wanting a desktop computer. Creative software, the advent of INTERNET, and the unbelievable speed and memory helped the desktop computer to become a main stay in the majority of homes in America.

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