On the hidden agenda of the corporate world, we can speculate that technology available today will not necessarily be available tomorrow because smart business minds often attempt to leverage and release technology to capitalize on the needs and demands of the people.

History shows that new technology isn't always held back by crafty entrepreneurs, but at times because there were no practical applications of the technology; as one example points out, the invention of the Laser.

The Laser was invented in the 1950s but mass applications were not widely developed until the 1980's, 30 years later. We have not seen the same trends in the developments of Personal Computers, handhelds and laptops in which chip manufacturers have benefited to shorten the time to market new products.

The PC industry has evolved over the past 30 years and it is continuing to accelerate. The power of desktops of the 80's have come and gone in the palm of our hand. We have closed the first decade of the millennium, and the desktops of the 90's have evolved into laptops and handhelds. The trends continue and the multiprocessor cores that were recently only common on the desktops are now ordinary in laptops.

The technology growth of the computer industry shares in success with the rapidly accelerating growth of the internet in which both technologies feed on one another.

The Internet has created a new world in which distance and communications between cultures has minimized. The narrowing of culture gaps have opened up grand opportunities for previously “third world countries.” In turn, this has spurred on a worldwide market creating fierce competition and demanding fast time to the marketing of new technologies.

Programs and applications are available for practically everything under the sun. Our elderly population that once vowed not to learn about computers or email have often received a new spark of interest thanks to the millions of computer geeks, developers and programmers that have made applications easier, educational, fun and interesting to use.

Computers, software and the internet have changed the world several times over since its inception. Information is quickly available at ones fingertips; communications through email, video and instant messaging has narrowed the gaps of distance, time and culture.

With the market this volatile, it's often perplexing to make a smart buying decision. What would one purchase today that won't be outdated in two years?

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