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iPadivity 2 – The curse of the beige box ….

Unless you were born pre-1990, computers and people tend not to mix.

Alright, so that’s a bit of a sweeping statement. However, there is an element of truth in it.

Why? So the computer was invented in 1822 (albeit the “difference engine” and the “analytical engine” some years later) by Charles Babbage but it was, arguably, “brought together” (as Babbage did not build his machine) during the second world war by Alan Turin and Tommy Flowers, to name just a few.

After the war, “Colossus” was taken up by the military to calculate ballistic trajectories. IBM then stated that computers were great but there will only ever need to be 5 computers worldwide. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak thought rather differently to that and invented the PC. And Bill Gates came along and said he wanted “Windows” powered PC’s on every desk” – and he succeeded.

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iPadivity. The trouble with computers

We’re changing.

We’re always changing.

Something is making us change – and it will touch all of us.

The web is about 18 years old and, in the beginning, we called it web 1.0. But the trouble with web 1.0 was that we could only “download” stuff – we couldn’t interact with it. We couldn’t comment on it, share it, or aggregate it. For us to get anything out of it we had to trust the source! We “surfed the web” randomly.

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Why do the English call it by what it does but the Americans call it by what it is?

We’re talking about a phone.
In the U.K. we call the object that you carry with you everywhere, couldn’t live without a “mobile phone” and yet in America they call it a “Cell”.
On one hand it’ referred to by what it does and on the other it’s referred to by what it is! At this point we could go into a diatribe of the difference between the countries but that’s not my intention. On the contrary my point is “ipad-ivity”. I’ll get to that in a minute.

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