computer or calculator? philosophy of the past




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Our readers are deeply interested in the history of high technology called Intel MCS-85 calculator. And rightly so, I must say, was called. Therefore there is a need to clarify. The fact is that until the mid-1980s microcomputers (PCs) were more programmable calculator with extended capabilities (and sometimes it was very controversial.) The situation changed with the advent in 1984 known computer Macintosh.

You can try to find a different starting point. The question is not a specific model, but in a time when the PC is not just appeared, and took to reach maturity. The fact is that no technology (with very few exceptions) does not come at once and suddenly. It takes time to component base has come into compliance with the requirements of users. Even the people overcome their conservatism and were ready to take the device to a new type, make them part of their daily life.

Great historical event rarely recognized as such by his contemporaries. Sometimes it takes years, sometimes decades, to the masses finally exclaimed in unison, “Here! This is exactly what we need! “For example, the first commercial mobile network appeared in 1947, but only in the last decade has become a truly mass. No hype did not cause the first mobile network. Nothing even resembling enthusiasm. This is a major event in the history of the world has passed almost unnoticed.

With personal computers situation situation was very similar. The fact is that microcomputers late 1970s were simply not needed … the average user. They could be of interest in radio, could come to the aid of scholars and students, but they do not “know how” anything that might attract casual users.

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They have not yet become a cutting-edge multimedia and game stations. Based on them, it was impossible to build an entire home entertainment. Just toys. Funny, interesting, and quite expensive. Sometimes even useful, if you know what to do with them. But no more.

So up until the 1990s, considerable demand was typewriters and programmable calculators . It would seem that computers already have and cope well with at least two problems: a set of tests and calculations. But … use a separate device was simply more convenient.

Today it is hard to believe, but in the 1970s, few people realize the importance of microcomputers for humanity. They were, but for the masses of their “non-existent”. Them was already available and sometimes not too expensive, but people just do not realize that they can do. But technically prepared and mature people do not perceive “computing babies” seriously.

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Many educated computer scientists generally doubted that personal computers are capable of much more than entertain fans. This computer was considered a mainframe, a large computer.

Not to delay our story, an example, which is now on everyone’s lips: 3D-printers. Some of them, like two Replicator even quite skillfully. Fun, fun, sometimes even useful, but the farm is not very necessary. Many of the inhabitants of our planet, if desired, could get a domestic three-dimensional printers, but few bought it. What to do with it? Print hooks for the bathroom, which in the end will cost much more than if you buy them in the next “Household goods”! At best – shade for a lamp.

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It is possible that over time, 3D-printers will play a key role in the industry and in the home. But this … will or will not. Perhaps three-dimensional printing will replace the more interesting (or lucky) technology. But at the moment for most people in the world are nothing more than an interesting topic, thinking about that (at best) it is possible to take a few minutes of your precious time in a week.

That is the niche occupied microcomputers in the late 1970s (and even the early 1980s.) They were developed and refined in full of talented engineers of his time. Market has formed around them and even rather big. They played a role. But it was a supporting role.

Today, years later, it’s interesting and exciting to consider the way in which personal computers have come from low-power state “calculator”, fun toys for rare enthusiasts to contemporary fashion plates.
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