Last week, we were
At the risk of sounding like crotchety grandfathers, we'll say it: "These kids today have it soft, dag nab it." If you were born after the first Star Wars movie, you might not be aware of just how cushy your computing life is. For proof, we offer five examples.
1. The Tower of Babel
Say what you want to about the impressive rise of Linux and the Macintosh, but Microsoft Windows and the PC architecture remain the dominant standards in today's computing world. Both alternative operating systems read FAT32 disks to maintain some sort of Windows compatibility, and the Mac's innards resemble those of a PC more and more every year.
Back when Bill Gates was still working on his first billion, though, it was like the Wild West out there: Any given household might have a computer from Commodore, Apple, Texas Instruments or Radio Shack--to name a few--that could share hardware with or read floppy disks from other makes only with the intercession of
It's 1982. You've finally finished your term paper and you're printing it out, along with the accompanying charts. Good for you. You might as well take a break--not because you've earned it, but because you have