Modern computers and other digital equipment have become so ubiquitous in the developed and developing world that it is to be expected that every home or office may be having several of these electronic devices in one form or another. The meaning of the word 'computer' has changed over the years, the traditional meaning being some device capable of carrying out complex calculations on large numbers. Today, any device containing electronic circuitry on a silicon chip is a computer in its own right, carrying out its assigned tasks and delivering results either to you or to some other device. In most cases, several such electronic circuits on chips work together to carry out a single task.
The silicon chip is now found in every home and in every office, in the form of devices ranging from the iron, the fridge, mobile phone, GPS, telephone, both mobile and landline, PCs, Laptops, PDAs, digital cameras, netbooks , notebooks, printers, fax, copiers and scanners, TVs and many others. A few years down the line, computers only existed as very large machines called mainframes, in the large offices of large companies, and they were not inexpensive.
In company offices, the bosses had to write business letters by hand, then got them typed, tipexed, then re-typed by some careless secretary before it could be mailed. This could take a day or two. Today the boss does everything on a word processor and the job takes no more than twenty minutes. Then instead of posting, he can just email it and it will reach its destination instantly.
There are so many things which were going wrong before the modern personal computer came into existence. And the arrival of the PC opened floodgates for many other digital devices for the home and office that I have mentioned above. And these have greatly simplified life at both home and office by taking over some of the tasks from us and leaving us with more time to do other things. Think of the washing machine. But to get a clearer picture of what technology has in store for you, you need to take an active interest in the basics of the amazing world of computers and electronics. There are various ways of doing these, among them reading computer magazines and relevant articles on the internet
There are a lot more things these electronic devices can do in the home. For instance, they can monitor the contents of you fridge and make an order from your favourite supermarket when the contents run low. They can switch on the lights for you in the evening when you get home, set your bathtub, switch on the TV when you walk into the sitting room, prepare coffee for you.
You should also take an interest in the various types of software that make these devices so versatile and amazingly brilliant, again there is so much literature written about this. But, above all, it will be important to actually have some of these devices and have first hand iexperience with the. You can do so now by visiting Home-Office-Electronix.
Am a freelance software developer based in Melbourne
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