The Computer Revolution

Topics: Operating system, Microsoft Windows, Apple Inc. Pages: 2 (602 words) Published: October 8, 1999
The Computer Revolution

If I were to make a history book of the years from 1981 to 1996, I would put computers on the cover. Computers, you may ask?, Yes computers, because if there were suddenly no computers on the world, there would be total chaos. People could not; communicate, commute, make business transactions, purchase things, or do most things in their daily routine, because power plants use computers to control the production of electricity.

Computers have evolved extreme rapidly in the past fifteen years. Ten years ago, all that you could do with a computer, was primarily make mathematical calculations and type documents, but doing that required typing in a series of complex codes that took a great deal of training to learn. Then the Apple computer company took this complex computer language and evolved it to a simpler system of computer language using words that made sense in their context. This system was called BASIC. BASIC was a major development in the computer industry, because it made computers accessible to the average American. This helped greatly in proving that computers were no longer just toys and they had a very useful purpose. Most people still felt the cost was too great for a glorified typewriter.

Several years after they introduction of the BASIC system, Apple introduced a new line of computers called the Macintosh. These Macintosh computers were extreme easy to use, and were about the same price of a computer that used BASIC. Apple's business exploded with the Mac, Macintosh were put in schools and millions of homes proving that the computer was an extreme useful tool after all. The Macintosh made such an impact on the computer industry that IBM and Microsoft joined forces to produce the MS-DOS system. The MS-DOS system was the basis of the Windows program, which made Bill Gates the multi- billionaire that he is. With windows and the Apple system, the modem which had been around for several years, could be...
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