Personal Computing: The Development Of The Personal Computer

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The development of the personal computer came after nearly thirty years of small components being innovated, beginning with humans need to develop a mechanical device that could do arithmetic. Personal computing began to actually become more of a reality in the early 1970’s, due to the invention of the microprocessor in 1971. The Intel 4004 contained many crucial components of the computer, from the CPU to the input and output controls into one miniscule silicon chip (Computer History Museum). This allowed for the entire computer to become smaller in size as compared to earlier years. The microprocessor also allowed the price of computers to drop, thus opening up the market to a larger clientele base. This small silicon based chip is what drove …show more content…
Technology is the major factor in holding innovation back, the concept of an integrated computer had been conjured up many decades before it could actually be made. The microprocessor would have never been invented if the ENIAC never proved that computers had real life commercial applications, in the ENIAC’s case it proved to be more accurate than a human at calculating arithmetic need for the armies firing …show more content…
From its launch on 1983 to 1989 it had reached 100,000 hosts. It took nearly a decade, after its release, for the general consumer to begin accessing the internet after realizing its potential for communications. The personal computer became fully unlocked with the internet being released to consumers, it was finally able to connect to a network that allowed for the communication between different computers around the world, networking was possible. Alfred Glossbrenner stated that, “those who were not taking advantage of the many online services then available were missing the most important dimension of all of the personal computer revolution” (Ceruzzi). Glossbrenner said this in 1977 when connecting to a network was cumbersome and required a lot of work (Ceruzzi). When not connected to the internet the personal computer is just a standalone device that was only good for games and word processing, connecting to other computers in the network is what made personal computing more social

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