Monthly Archives: January 2017

Great Things About Computers #3: Gaming

If you have a computer for any reason other than work and/or the Internet then the chances are that you are a gamer. There are other ways to play games – dedicated consoles are one such way – but the increased amount of memory available with a home computer means that more complex games are best when played on a PC. PC gaming really comes into its own on “thinking” games, where a large amount of data needs to be stored and recalled at short notice. Sports […]

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Great Things About Computers #2: Data Storage

Information is everything. From the moment you are born, there is information pertaining to you, and a place for that information to be stored. As you go through life, you collect more and more information, and the pace of that information keeps increasing. The first time you get a bank account, the first time you get a job, every examination you sit – it all becomes information. When information is created, it has to be stored. Walk into any office for any company or authority that has […]

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Great Things About Computers #1: The Internet

When talking about computers these days, it is almost accepted that one will be talking about the Internet. The fact of the matter is that there are few if any PC’s sold today that are not Internet-ready, and if you are in a position to buy a computer you are in a position, and of a mind, to use it to go online. And the Internet is a huge part of life in general today. If you are not an Internet user these days – whether an […]

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Personal Computers And How They Change Our Lives

There is no doubt that in technology develops faster and faster the more time goes on. As progress speeds up, it also increases the options open to those who want to make it go faster. Unless something gives at some point, people will soon be ordering computers that are obsolete by the time they are delivered and switched on for the first time. Computers have become a central part of everyday life and they have an influence on everyone, even those who never use them. As the […]

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Are There Any More Luddites?

Long ago, when the Industrial Revolution was taking hold in Britain, a group of individuals rose up in protest against it calling themselves the “Luddites” (named after their fictional leader Ned Ludd). They smashed up machines, arguing that these machines would deprive working people of jobs. Ever since, people who stand in the way of progress or distrust technology are referred to as “Luddites”. One might expect elderly people to be dyed-in-the-wool Luddites. After all, they grew up in a time when computers were still something that […]

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How Computers Have Fitted Into Our Lives

It was once imagined that computers were and always would be a luxury item. They would be kept in one room in the home, used mostly for work and would be coveted for their game playing facility by the children. Before the Internet had entered the mainstream of people’s consciousness, we could not have foreseen how computers would work today for us. Social networking is one thing that has taken the computer from the position of esoteric luxury item to everyday accessory. A staggering five hundred million […]

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Computers – The Predictions We Got Wrong

These days, we know where we are with computers. Even some of the most hardened Luddites of the past have come to terms with the fact that computers are not about to rise up and overthrow humanity, and are beginning to use them, if sparingly. But when we first started to explore an information technology world, we didn’t realise just how big it would grow. Chances are that you or someone you know has an IBM computer. It’s a pretty big name. You might wonder how that […]

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Our Lives Without Computers

It was not that long ago that computers were a real luxury, most families did not have one – and those who did had only one – and they were viewed as some awesome example of the future. One day, with computers, we would be able to do… well, the possibilities were endless. And a lot of the predictions have already come true, particularly the way that computers have linked up the world via the Internet. It is now difficult for most of us to imagine what […]

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Is It A Computer? Is It A Phone? Wait, It Is Both… And More!

The development of technology over the years has been a source of wonder to many people, and during our lifetimes we will all see developments which will have us saying “I really never thought I would see the day…”. For people who remember a time when taking your computer to the car would have required multiple trips, the innovation of phones that act like computers is one such development. Although the modern smart phones are still more phone than computer, the fact is that they are capable […]

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