Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 50

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1.2 The History of Computing 23 Figure 1.10 Sharing information on the World Wide Web become the recreation of choice, so even more people have become computer users. The user is a first-grade child learning to read, a teenager downloading music, a college student writing a paper, a homemaker planning a budget, a banker looking up a customer’s loan record. The user is all of us. In our brief history of hardware and software, we have focused our atten- tion on traditional computers and computing systems. Paralleling this history is the use of integrated circuits, or chips, to run or regulate everything from toasters, to cars, to intensive care monitors, to satellites. Such computing technology is called an embedded system
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Unformatted text preview: . Although these chips are not actu-ally computers in the sense that we are going to study in this book, they are certainly a product of the technology revolution of the last 50 years. Predictions We end this brief history of computing with a few predictions about computers that didn’t come true: 7 “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”—Thomas Watson, chair of IBM, 1943. “Where . .. the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.”— Popular Mechanics , 1949. “Folks, the Mac platform is through—totally.”—John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine , 1998....
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