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Paradigm Shift Essay

607 words - 3 pages

Personal Computers
Damien Vivas (17424417)
ITT-TECH
GS1140-E1
Dr. Chanda Ghose
December 29, 2013
GS1140-E1
Dr. Chanda Ghose
December 29, 2013

PCs
Some say we’re entering the post-PC era with people spending more time on their smartphones and tablets. But when it comes time for a job that requires multitasking, the PC is the way to go. Regardless if you’re using a Windows or a Mac, the PC is king and may always be.
When IBM and Apple first launched the consumer and business PCs in the mid 1970s and early 1980s, they brought in a new era. The PC allowed the consumer the ability to perform tasks without having a mainframe. Today, computers are just about everywhere performing tasks as simple as allowing me to write this essay to assisting in the operating room. Looking at the technological advancements of the computer over the years leaves you wondering ...view middle of the document...

In 1994 Vice President Gore coined the term “Information Superhighway”. The way the computer impacted the 90’s was unimaginable. From blackberry to yahoo mail and facebook.com coming online, the computer was changing everyday life as we knew it thanks to the internet. People started to rely on the computer for everyday use whether at home or in the office.
The 21st century! People started to realize the impact of the PC and how much we rely on it that in 1999, people started to become paranoid when the new millennium was fast approaching. People started to believe that the end of the world was near. 2000 came and nothing happened, life continued as usual. The PC’s has become the backbone for most businesses and schools. Some schools have even gone completely virtual which requires every student to have a “netbook” PC.
By 2033, the size and shape of PCs will change, but with the current advances in computer technology and Moore’s law, the question remains, is this truly the end of PCs? With different companies trying to take the lead in the tablet/smartphone market, technological advancements are focusing on smaller and faster. Many new phones and tablets are made to handle multitasking which is a huge hit for the PC. Unlike the tablet or smartphone, the PC is in most cases upgradable whereas to upgrade your phone or tablet you have to go out and buy a new one.

References
Bellis, M. (n.d.). The History of Computers - Computer History Timeline. The History of Computers - Computer History Timeline. Retrieved January 5, 2014, from http://inventors.about.com/library/blcoindex.htm
Cohen, R. (2013, August 23). What Steve Jobs Can Teach Us About Living In The Post PC Era. Forbes. Retrieved January 8, 2014, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2013/08/23/what-steve-jobs-can-teach-us-about-living-in-the-post-pc-era/
Dvorak, J. (2013, May 29). Life in the Post-PC Era. PCMAG. Retrieved January 8, 2014, from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2419614,00.asp

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