Computer History and Impact of Computers to the World

March 21, 2016

Personal computers have completely revolutionized the way the world, lives, works and conducts business. Strictly-speaking, computers arrived on the scene way back in 1936 when one Konrad Zuse produced what was then called the Z1 computer. This was a cumbersome machine that could perform simple calculations and also crunch simple data. This was not as sophisticated as what we have today but it served to set the foundation for further research and in 1944, John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry from Iowa University built on this model and produced several innovations of the computer which was capable of producing arithmetic calculations, parallel [processing, memory regeneration and other simple computing tasks. The research was taken further at Harvard University, then IBM, the business conglomerate joined the fray and in 1953 produced what was then the world’s first sophisticated computer. Even then, it was still large, occupying entire floors and consuming untold power.

As we have mentioned, computers have completely changed the way we live and work. Today, computers are in almost every office. There are still offices in some parts of the world which still don’t have computers but this is now rare because without computers, work is inefficient and cumbersome. Take for instance calculations. It would take days for companies to do simple calculations not to mention companies that deal with lots of material and inventory. Computers make this work simple and allow businesses to become more efficient on a day to day basis.

Another use of computers is communication. With computers has come the wondrous world of the Internet or what is called in other circles, the World Wide Web or Information Superhighway. As much as computer has changed the way we work, they have also revolutionized the way we communicate. The term “the world is a smaller place” or phrases like “global market place”. This is because the Internet has made communication so easy and seamless that there has people can communicate instantaneously regardless of what part of the globe they are located. The world of email, although it hasn’t completely resulted in the eradication of snail mail, has nevertheless caused a decline in visits to the post office or the purchase of stamps. All this is because people now sit behind a computer and email back and forth. To go even further, specialized Internet software run by many major companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Google has made it possible to chat in real time with someone on the other side of the globe. Video conferencing has also been made possible. This has completely changed the way we conduct meetings. Businesses can now even open branches in other countries faster because the top level management can communicate with lower management via video conferencing. People can actually see each other regardless of where they are located and all this is courtesy of the advent of computers and the Internet. Computers have evolved a lot since and are now in almost half of all US households and most offices in the rest of the world.

Factors To Consider When Buying A Home Computer Desk

March 21, 2016

With the coming of computers, you don’t have to commute to work every day-you can simply work from home. To give your home the office feel, you need to invest in a good computer desk. To buy the right desk you need to consider a number of factors:

Type Of Computer You Will Be Using

There are two main types of computers that you can use: desktop and laptop. Computer desks are designed for different types of computers. Desks designed for desktops are usually large and come with desktop friendly features such as pull-out platforms for keyboards and mouse, enclosed cabinets to protect the computer and desktop storage hutch.

Desks designed for laptops on the other hand are often smaller, sleeker and have an open design. They come with features such as: charging stations and pull-out platforms that are much deeper and more substantial.

Desk Shape

Computer desks come in different shapes which include:

Hutch: they usually extend upwards in order to maintain a compact floor presence. These desks tend to have overhanging shelves. When making the purchase, you should ensure that the overhanging shelves don’t prevent you from placing the computer monitor at the right angle.

Corner: they are designed to sit out of the way in a room. The cool thing with them is that they can be short or long depending on the size of your room. In some cases they come with a hutch that extends upwards.

Workstation: it comes with wheels that make it easy for you to easily move them around. A workstation desk is ideal for you if you like rearranging your furniture every now and then. It’s also ideal if you have limited space where you want to use the desk in one area and then roll it into a corner when you aren’t using it.

Factory Assembled Or Ready-To-Assemble

Factory assembled desks are the desks that are ready to use. The cool thing with them is that they are usually of higher quality and save you a lot of time and labor. The main flaw with them is that they tend to be more costly.

Ready-to-assemble desks on the other hand are more affordable and you can easily ship or transport them from the store. Their main flaw is that you need to put in your time and labor to assemble them.


These are just a few factors that you need to consider when buying a computer desk. For the desk to last for a long time you should ensure that you buy it from a reputable store.

Web Junkies: Computer Addiction

February 21, 2016

I was watching a television documentary recently that highlighted computer addiction as one of the biggest problems that China is facing today. In 2008 China declared internet addition to be a clinical disorder, saying it is a top health threat to its teenagers. Several countries, including the United States, have now followed China’s lead regarding the problems associated with what has been dubbed “electronic heroine”.

Families who were interviewed for the documentary explained that their teen would spend hours and hours online while neglecting basics of life such a bathing. They avoided doing their schoolwork, interacting with family and were argumentative to the point that the parents didn’t know what to do.

An inpatient center was established in a suburb of Beijing where these teens, who are compulsive about computers, are rehabilitated with therapy and a mix of military drills. Sometimes the parents have had to drug their child or lie to get them to the boot-camp-like facility. During their treatment program, which can last for three to four months, the teens are behind bars and guarded by soldiers. Their physical activity, sleep and diet are monitoring as staff attempts to help them return to reality. The parents are also encouraged to attend therapy and education sessions.

Tao Ran, who is an Addiction Specialist and Director of the Daxin Center stated that before admission, these “web junkies” became so afraid that a restroom break would affect their performance they would resort to wearing diapers. He also reported that the Beijing center has done a study which shows that individuals who spend more than six hours a day for something other than work or study are most likely to become addicted to the internet. He said “They know the internet inside out but no nothing about human beings”.

Every week I hear comments that concern me including these:

1. “But my child needs the computer to do school work” – No school is giving hours and hours of homework every day. As a parent you need to monitor what they are doing on the computer and set limits.

2. “They are so smart and I don’t understand computers” – You don’t have to be a computer expert to pay attention to what is going on. And if you really care, you will begin learning about this high-risk activity that seems so innocent.

3. “This is the way that my child communicates with their friends”. Spending time with friends beats text messaging hands down. And communication doesn’t need to be occurring after bedtime!

4. “They like computers”. Of course they do. The internet allows people to escape into a fantasy world where they can pretend to be whoever they want without having any responsibility. Teens who are lonely believe that there is another lonely teen on the other side with whom they can connect so they lose themselves in the internet.

5. “They don’t listen to me” – Why would they? Listen to your criticizing, accusing and blaming isn’t nearly as much fun as achieving a high score on a game! The sad part is that internet gaming sets individuals up for other addictions because going from one level to the next develops and encourages tolerance.

As parents and grandparents we need to take responsibility and that isn’t easy in a society that encourages pleasing children. My granddaughter knows that during our time together her computer disappears or I take her home.

It is much easier to prevent a problem than to treat one.

How Computers Benefit the Workplace

January 21, 2016

Today, computers are having a great impact on many areas in the workplace. When it comes to technology and its impact on business operations, job tasks have become much faster and more automated allowing businesses to streamline operations and boost profits. Because of technological advancements in computer technology, the workplace has greatly benefited.

The following lists the benefits of using computers in the workplace:

Create New Jobs: With computer technology now becoming an essential part of business operations, new jobs have now been created to manage these systems. Many large businesses have IT professionals on staff. Smaller businesses can use remote computer technicians to maintain their computer systems.

Improved Communications: Now, businesses are able to communicate much faster. For instance, email is now the preferred way to communicate within a company and communicating with others such as clients, suppliers, customers…etc. Emails are not only quick but also immediate. There are no disruptions such as when the phone rings. Computers can also be used for scheduling business events and meetings.

Improved Customer Relations: Today, more businesses are realizing the need to maintain good customer relations. Businesses now have access to computerized call centers that allow customers to reach the appropriate business department when they have a question or concern. There is also voice mailbox technology that eliminates the need for message taking. Computers help customers quickly and efficiently get their concerns heard which reduces instances of frustrated and dissatisfied customers.

Improved Business Operations: Computers now allow businesses to store and manage such data as customer information, inventory, sales records, and other information essential to the business. The business can access information anytime of the day or night for quick retrieval and the data is secure. It allows businesses to keep up-to-date in real time about the business activities. As well, businesses are now able to use the internet to sell their products and services which generated more revenue and expand their customer base. The order process is entirely automated and allows the buyer to order online without involving a salesperson.

Automated Production: Today, computer technology has allowed products to be built faster. Computers allows for repetitive processing in large scale production such as using robotic devices to build products.

Improved File Management: In the old days, businesses use to have stacks of files and other documents. Now papers can be scanned and stored on the computer allowing for easier storage and access.

Improved Accounting: Today, businesses are able to keep better records for financial accounting which eliminates hours of repetitive calculations. Spreadsheet and other financial software programs have become essential to running a business. Data entry is much easier and more accurate.

More Productive and Satisfied Employees: Because of the development and expansion of the internet, employees have access to a wealth of information. As well, the internet allows employees to stay connected to the business wherever they are in the world. Employees can also make scheduling changes in an instant allowing for improved work flexibility.