How Personal Computing Devices Have Made Your Own Personal Communications Better
Personal computing devices became possible when advances in semiconductor technology allowed microprocessors to be built on a single silicon integrated circuit chip. In 1974, MITS developed the first personal computer, the Altair, which was popular among hobbyists but had limited consumer appeal.
In 1981, IBM Corporation entered the market with its IBM PC, which was faster and had more memory than rival machines. Its MS-DOS operating system and Intel hardware dominated the market until the early 1990s.
1. They allow you to stay in touch with friends and family
A personal computer is a single-user computer that is typically owned by the user who has complete access to its hardware and software. Its owner often performs its routine maintenance and virus-scanning functions. It stores its own personal files and is typically used by a family or individual for home or business use.
The first personal computers became affordable in the 1970s, when large-scale integration made microprocessors small enough to fit on a semiconductor chip. Originally popular among hobbyists, microprocessors gave rise to mass-market machines such as Apple Computer’s Apple II, Tandy Corporation’s TRS-80 and Commodore International’s Programma 101, all released in 1977.
Cellular phones have become a new kind of personal computing device, adding many features that were previously available only on desktop and laptop computers. Today’s smartphones run on platforms such as Android, Symbian, Blackberry and iPhone, all of which provide a rich array of mobile apps that serve many uses. They allow users to maintain their spot in a gaming queue, check email or use powerful software programs while on the go.
2. They allow you to stay organized
Getting and staying organized is essential to success. Technology helps with organization by providing tools to manage time and tasks, set reminders, track accomplishments and store information. Some devices even sync with other devices for easy sharing and collaboration.
Computers have shrunk from desktop units to laptop and notebook computers and even to handheld devices that fit in the palm of your hand. These devices, also known as personal digital assistants (PDAs) can run a variety of software programs, including calendars and to-do lists. These programs help you eliminate the need for binders, notepads and paper planners.
If you have a great idea while out walking or at work, a handheld will allow you to jot down the idea immediately. Similarly, if you receive an assignment from your boss or teacher, you can add it to your handheld calendar right away, along with due dates and priority levels. You can also use handhelds to look up contact information or to play music.
3. They allow you to stay entertained
In addition to being a useful tool for everyday tasks, personal computers have made entertainment more accessible than ever before. Whether it’s through music downloads, movies on demand, or online user-edited encyclopedias, computers have allowed for the development of a whole new world of media and entertainment.
Computers have also shrunk from desktop units to laptops and notebooks, and finally to handheld devices that fit in the palm of your hand. These handheld devices, also known as personal digital assistants or PDAs, are designed to store and access calendar software, word processing applications, e-mail and other online content.
In the future, these handheld devices will be able to track your emotions and reactions, allowing them to recommend podcasts, movies, or books that you might like. This will make it easier than ever to stay entertained and take a break from your daily routine.
4. They allow you to stay connected
The personal computer has become an important tool for staying connected with friends and family long-distance through e-mail, social networking and video chats. Additionally, computers are a useful tool for keeping up with work and hobbies, as well as keeping informed through news sites, blogs, forums and online user-edited encyclopedias.
Advances in semiconductor technology made the personal computer possible, especially the silicon integrated circuit chip (first commercialized by RCA in 1959 and later the metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor developed by Mohamed Atalla and Dawon Kahng at Bell Labs in 1968). During this time, computer processing speed increased exponentially according to Moore’s law, and costs declined. Graphical user interfaces became standard (Windows, etc.), allowing users to easily operate complex applications.
The personal computer has also diversified into new types of portable devices such as tablets and laptops, with many models weighing less than five pounds and offering longer battery life. These devices complement rather than compete with PCs, which continue to dominate the market.