can be great, but it also can be a hindrance.
Now keep in mind, that I come from a field of technology. Working with IBM from 1974 to 1979 I witness so many changes with technology.
I was a main frame person for the first 20 or so years, then expanded my skills into the workstations combining forces with main frame and workstation.
In my first couple of years with IBM, a 145 CPU was one of the larger processors, then it was the 168's then the newer technology took over.
In those older days, my DASD and TAPE farm required a raised floor, required A/C and all computer processors needed to be water cooled.
All said and done all of that required about 12,000 square feet of space. For DASD, about 125 units, that represented a whopping 300 Gig
of DASD space! (But as software developers, we stayed within those means!)
When I was leaving IBM, the last set of data centers I managed,
- - CPUs no longer needed to be water cooler, many were air cooled- Requirement for raised floor space diminished - My DASD farm had over 10,000 Gig of space. - Total room size was less than 500 square feet!!
Same thing happened with the personal computer.
My first introduction to computers was
- - Commodore 64. with no hard drive, 5 1/4 floppies and cartridges- I moved up to a Commodore 128 with the concept of hard drives. - Then the Personal computer world took explored with Desktops and LapTops.
Prior to fast desktops, a 10meg Harddrive was considered large and the machines run only DOS. Then, the early fast desktop processors (386 way before Pentiums) were quick and the machines had a huge 110Meg hard drive.
Hard to imagine today, most desktops and laptops have ultra fast processors and having 1TB of DASD is pretty common.
Step aside the Tablets, IPADS and more started to take the place of many laptops. With network connections and USB devices, you could still utilize all the DASD space at a fraction of the cost.
Where will it end? Hopefully Never ............
BUT NOW to me comes the Problem. SOFTWARE !!!
I started out in Software, all the mainframe Operating systems and as the Personal computer came to being, DOS, OS/2 (IBM only) , Windows , Linux and now Apple. Hardware to me when properly managed does not fail. One of the worst things anyone can do to any piece of computer hardware is turn it ON and OFF
We did so many studies over 15 years and the data proved that leaving machines up and running all the time extended their life span.
Software, which makes the hardware come to life is a different subject all together. It does break, it doesnt work at times and even when properly maintained, failures will happen.
What made me post this???
Today, our moderator Liz was telling about her PC being upgraded to Windows 10. Thats when things that worked before stopped working!!
- - DOS- OS/2- Warp- Windows 3.1- Windows 95- Windows 98- Windows NT- Windows XP- Windows 7- Windows 8- Windows 10- Windows XX- Apple (lives for every and works)
The last Windows I enjoyed was Windows XP. It let me control the environment instead of letting the software control me.
I do hope that Liz gets everything working again with her computer and Windows 10. If not, I might see a PC come flying across
the Atlantic and landing here!
One of the newer features about technology. Unless you are in the field, when you reach 40 years old, the mind stops working in terms
of using new equipment. And then it starts to deteriorate fast and faster.
There needs to be a technology disease comparable to our Spinal Degenerative Disc Disease.
Maybe it could be DTD Degenerative Technology Disease
Hopefully someone can come up with a better name!
One last thing, how do you type on a Iphone when you have fat clumsy fingers!