The Personal Computer Revolution Research Paper by wattsdude

The Personal Computer Revolution
This paper discusses the history, present situation, and future directions of the personal computer, focusing on the Internet and e-commerce.
# 59103 | 5,555 words | 20 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Jun 03, 2005 in Business (Industries) , Computer and Technology (General) , Communication (General)

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This paper explains that the computer and its associated technologies, especially the Internet, have revolutionized the way individuals and businesses seek information, communicate, and the manner in which commerce is conducted. The author points out that, from its conception, computer technology increased at a steady, though not astonishing rate; but the PC revolution did not begin until the Apple computer, designed to perform the same basic calculations as a multi-million dollar IBM, Cray, or Wang Labs mainframe, became available to the public instead of just large corporations and universities, and IBM, one of the largest companies in the world, began to market its computer. The paper states that Microsoft is the most outstanding computer-associated business because it has the ability to mold and modify any type of project it takes on. This gives the company a great advantage over competition; Microsoft is such a common household name that people believe and trust almost everything the company has to offer.

Table of Contents
Beginnings of It All
Personal Computer Revolution
The Mechanical / Pre-Electronic Age
The Silicon Age
The PC Age
Information Age
Wireless trading
Appliance Stores

From the Paper:

"In 1947 a group of researchers lead by William Shockley working at AT&T's Bells Labs, perfected the transistor. Little did they know at the time that this small silicon wafer was the start of a worldwide revolution. The transistor would take us to the second age of computing. The transistor was designed to perform the same calculations as a vacuum tube, but by using digital electronics instead of analog circuits. The problem with vacuum tubes was that they used vast amounts of power and could not be miniaturized because of the vacuum of air they required for its operation. The transistor solved both of these problems and also did the same calculations at a much quicker rate. The first transistor was nearly the size of a masonry brick, but now using modern technology, we can fit over 700 million transistors onto a silicon chip the size of a finger nail. This seemingly meaningless invention was the start of the second age of computers, the Silicon Age."

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