Windows XP and the PCs 20th Anniversary
So the PC is 20 years old now, although of course nothing from Sinclair, Tandy, Commodore, Altair or Apple figures in anyone's counts.So the PC is 20 years old now, although of course nothing from Sinclair, Tandy, Commodore, Altair or Apple figures in anyones counts. MTV has also hit the score mark, and, like the PC industry, the music industry is awash in commercialism and uncertainty. But, oh, how the PC and MTV have changed us to a culture of nervous, information-grubbing, acutely impatient gadget weenies. How times have changedsort of. Just about 20 years ago, I was writing reports on an IBM PCjr. It was a disaster. The Chiclet-style membrane keyboard was awful, the green screen Im certain was the cause of my myopia, and the commonly installed Micropro Wordstar word processor turned a bunch of nobodies into a clique of keyboard command junkies. At least the PCjr booted faster than todays systems.
Yet everyone loved the PC industry then, as if it were Americas salvation. Nowadays, every single part of the least expensive computer works thousands of times better than those that appeared 20 years ago, and what does the industry get? A bunch of whiners driveling on and on about how they dont like certain features of Windows, or about how Linux isnt easy to use, or about how some graphics cards cant display enough polygons.