I read recently where more than 109 million U.S. households now have a personal computer and of these more than half have Internet access. Perhaps you received a new computer for Christmas and helped add to that statistic. Did you ever stop to think what a unique thing a PC is? It's universality is endless. Nothing else you own can do so many different things. My wife keeps wondering how I can spend seemingly endless hours at the computer. The fact is, it is next to impossible to get bored. If I tire of doing one thing, I just move on to something else by simply opening a different application. One minute I can be writing this column and the next I can be checking the status of my stock portfolio, recording a video e-mail message, or creating a music CD.
We all probably remember our first computer. Mine was a used Commodore 64 (C64). For those unfamiliar with this part of computing history the number "64" came from the amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) the computer had, namely 64 KB. In addition to that "big 64 KB" memory, the C64 featured a 66 key typewriter-style keyboard, 16 color graphics and a 9 octave music synthesizer.