Always on. Always with you.
The world is
computer. By Simon Silvester.
When computers were first invented, they were the
size of a room.
By 1970, they had shrunk to the size of a car.
By 1982, they would sit on a desk.
By 1995, they were portable.
Today we have reached the age where a big, powerful
computer fits neatly inside a cellphone.
This latest stage is the most important.
For the past fifty years, using a computer has always
meant sitting down in front of that computer.
Followed by a start up process.
And then launching applications.
This desk-centric process has been so fundamental
to computing, it has defined the way people think of
The first menu command in 80% of computer software
today is still the desky word ‘File’.
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