I’m fairly certain that when computers were invented, no one could possibly have forseen how valuable and so widely used they would become. If memory serves me correctly, the first computer used punch cards. Of course there were failures along the way. The first real working computer was invented by Alan Turing. I recently watched a compelling movie called the Imitation Game and Benedict Cumberbach played the lead role. The movie outlines his vision, incredible fortitude and brilliance and highlights the tortures and struggles he faced because of his chosen life style. His design changed history and the world and is the bases for all computers today.
Personally, I’ve used several different computers including a Tandy, a Commodore, complete with monochrome monitor and several others. I remember reading and creating code from a magazine that enabled a car to move across the screen, or made fireworks pop and sing and I even designed cities as pictures, the backdrop a setting sun.
With each new upgrade, came more to learn, more parts, but greater freedom.
Today, the list is astounding and we are able to choose a desktop, which I prefer, a lap top, a tablet or who could have imagined the smartphone packing as much gig and ram as my lap top with far reaching on the go freedom. Astounding, profound and exciting.
I know I’m delighted with the age of the computer and it’s continued growth. It gives me an immediate eye on the world. I’m able to reach out and “touch somebody” literally, with words, thoughts, pictures. Equally delightful is the ability to share thoughts and ideas from around the world. I spend hours perusing garden sites, photography, how to videos which weren’t available and which speed up the learning curve and more importantly, other like minded individuals such as you, yes you, the reader of this blog.
The vision and brilliance to conceptualize an idea and make it real is continually exciting and breathtaking. While we have become dependent at work and at home on computers which provide knowledge, entertainment, outlook, news and a variety topics, I believe it’s a good thing.