Past, Present, And Future Of Computers



Imagine being able to do almost anything right from your own living room.
You could order a pizza, watch cartoons, or play video games with people from
around the entire world. All are possible today with your computer. The
beginnings of the computer started off in a rather unique way. It was first
used to produce intricate designs with silk, a task far to long a tedious for a
human to do constantly. It's really unbelievable how the computers changed from
that to what they are now. Today, computers are completely astounding. The
possibilities are endless. Who knows where they will take us in the years ahead.
The computer is the most influential piece of equipment that has ever ...

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could figure out values of almost any algebraic equation. Soon, a
silk weaver wanted to make very intricate designs. The designs were stored on
punch-cards which could be fed into the loom in order to produce the designs
requested. This is an odd beginning for the most powerful invention in the
world.
In the 1930's, a man named Konrad Zuse started to make his own type of
computer. Out of his works, he made several good advances in the world of
computing. First, he developed the binary coding system. This was a base two
system which allowed computers to read information with either a 1 or a 0. This
is the same as an on or and off. The on or off functions could be created
through switches. These switches were utilized with vacuum tubes. The
functions could then be relayed as fast as electrons jumping between plates.
This was all during the time of the Second World War and further advancements
were made in the area of cryptology. Computer advancements were needed in ...

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could
store simple │programs▓ into it's memory for call later. The Electronic
Discrete Variable Computer was the next in line. A young man named John von
Neumann had the original plan for memory. His only problem was where and how
could the instructions be stored for later use. Several ideas were pursued, but
the one found most effective at the time was magnetic tape. Sets of
instructions could be stored on the tapes and could be used to input the
information instead of hand feeding the machine every time. If you have ever
heard of a │tape backup▓ for a computer, this is exactly what this is. All the
information on your computer can be stored on the magnetic tape and could ...

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