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The rhetoric of a generation.

Standard desktop computers, as much as laptops, have really never changed design for over 170 years (since Charles Babbage invented the computer) – it is still a lump that you have to goto to use.

The computer tells us what to do.

Mobile computing is different – we tell it what to do, we do not have to answer to the demanding box in the corner of the room.

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So apps have overtaken the web then.

Take the electrical grid. When was the last time you logged onto it?

Strange question, but you don’t really, or do you? Yes you do, but today you’d call it “putting the kettle on” – the kettle being the app (conveniently for this analogy, an appliance).

TV, microwave, radio, light, all are apps that do one thing well but via a grid (electrical). The apps we are taking about today are the same but the grid is the web/internet.

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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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