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. As we come to the close of the first decade of the millennium, the desktops of the 90's have evolved into the laptops and on to the handhelds. The trends continue and the multi processor cores that were recently only common on the desktops are now ordinary in laptops.
On the hidden agenda of the corporate world, we can speculate that technology learned of today will not necessarily be available tomorrow so to speak since smart business minds often attempted to leverage and release technology to capitalize on the needs and wants of the people. Historically not always due to this speculation about corporate-mind attitude but at times because there were no practical applications of the technology as can be seen from one example, 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 of new products.
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 is decreasing. The narrowing culture gaps have opened up grand opportunities for prior hereto “third world countries.” In turn, this has spurred on a worldwide market creating fierce competition and demanding fast time to market of new technologies.
Programs and applications are available for practically everything under the sun. Our elderly that once vowed not to learn about computers or email has 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 perplexes one to make a smart buying decision. What would a person want to purchase today that won't be outdated in two years. The answer: practically nothing.