July 2nd, 2007
People started using computers outside the corporate research lab in the 1950s. The early computers created in garages were brought to market in the mid 1970s. The PC came out in 1981. The 1990s saw the early explosive growth of the laptop and the current decade is when the PDA and other wireless devices took off. This 50 year history is punctuated by various breakthroughs in the computer human interface. Each one of these breakthroughs changed usage, behavior and ultimately society.
Mainframe computing of the 1950s looked like a technological religion. Well lit, air conditioned rooms housed large computers that were …
June 20th, 2006
This is a departure from most posts here as it is not ruminations about some event or trend or prediction about the future gleaned from developments in the world. Instead it is taken from a personal experience that was unique, pleasant and perhaps an idea to be embraced by individuals and companies alike.
To set the scene, one which is all too familiar to most readers, I was sitting on a United Airlines plane at Oâ€™Hare, waiting to pull away from the gate for the 4:30p departure to Newark. The full plane was soon told that, due to a fast moving …