Thursday, June 30, 2011
Computers computers and more computers
I have to admit I was one of the first to get one of those new fangled pocket calculators when they first came out. Math not being my strong point left an easy choice as part of a job back in that era involving crunching numbers. No, I was no bean counter but I did have to submit reports with figures and percentages and all that. Strange thing was that after using the thing for just a short while I began to memorize many of the answers. I believe that's called rote memory or something like that (another story). The calculators caught on and soon what was once something the size of a brick slowly evolved into something the size of a credit card. These were, buy the way, the first computers. And soon everyone had one. The computer that went to the moon on the very first trip was said to have as much computing power as a pocket calculator 128K. And it was probably the first to crash on national TV although no one realized it.
I can't exactly recall where or when computers started making their way into the rest of our daily products. Maybe it was cars, but like cockroaches they started showing up everywhere. In dishwashers in ranges and refrigerators were the latest must have (hey it was high tech it must be better right?). But no it didn't really make these products any better only more costly and gave the appliance one more thing to break down. And if you've ever delved into how things really work you'd realize how simple things used to be made. Sorry but my refrigerator has no need to dial the internet and rack up my phone bill. It's probably going to surf the web for images of those new slim line freezers anyway.
I can't think of anything that they haven't tried to squeeze a computer into. But so many of the things we use in our daily lives don't need a computer and worked just as well without one.
That's my two cents for the day. And you?