The Computer Revolution The first computer was conceptualized by a 19th century British mathematician named Charles Babbage, creator of the speedometer, whose Analytical Engine, a programmable logic center with memory, was never built even though Babbage worked on it for 40 years. During World War II, the British built Colossus I, a computer designed to break Nazi military codes, while at Harvard, IBM's Mark I computer was assembled. The first personal computer was called the “altair 8800”, which was briefly noticed in 1975. Two years later, the “machine that made the revolution”, was invented; the Apple ll. Two incredibly smart men, Steve Jobs and Steven Woznaik, were the creators of the Apple ll. Jobs used amazing marketing skills to build Apple into a highly profitable concern with stock worth $1.7. In 1981, Adam Osborne, a Bangkok-born British columnist, introduced a 24-pound portable computer with a detachable keyboard, 64k of memory and a five inch screen, which retailed for $1,795. This new idea of a personal computer introduced many people to the possibilities of computers, in spite of limitations, thanks to a $99 list price; one of the most popular and least expensive personal computers of the early 80’s was the $595 Commodore 64. The positive outcome of computers in the medical field was considerable, providing much more precise measurements and monitoring surgical procedures like anestisia , blood testing and injections. Computers promised widened employment for 10 million handicapped Americans, many of whom were unable to travel back and forth to work. Also, majority of Americans believed computers were an excellent educational tool. A poll taken in 1982 showed that Americans were generally enthusiastic about the emergencing Computer Age; 68 percent thought computers would improve their childrens' education, 80% of the population expected computers to become as mainstream as televisions in a household, and 67% of population believed that they would raise living standards through enhanced productivity. As a consequence, 2.8 million computers were sold in the U.S. in 1982, up from 1.4 million in 1981, which was in turn double the number sold in 1980. In 1982, 100 companies shared the $5 billion in sales, with Texas Instruments, Apple, IBM, Commodore, Timex and Atari the frontrunners in the personal computer market. By 1982 there were more than 100,000 computers in the nation's public schools. By 1984, retail sales of personal computers and software had reached $15 billion. By the mid 1980’s the computer craze was at full throttle. On Wall Street, 36 computer-related companies had gone public with $798 million worth of stock. By 1984 retail sales of personal computers and software had reached $15 billion. A flurry of entrepreneurship in the so-called computer "aftermarket" produced $1.4 billion in sales of such commodities as computer training and tutoring services, specialty furniture, and publishing. There were 4,200 books on personal computing - 300 magazines, including Byte and Popular Computing. In addition, thousands of software developers competed fiercely for their share of sales that exceeded $2 billion annually by 1984. Another $11 billion was made leasing mainframe software to banks, airlines and the government. The biggest software manufacturer was Microsoft, with 1984 revenues of about $100 million. Systems software, like Microsoft's…
customers have more alternative options to the Personal Computer such as Laptops, Tablet, etc. Because of the availability and thinness of these items, they have become increasingly popular and making PC more obsolete. In order for the personal computer to compete with these newer alternative options, it must differentiate itself in order to regain market share.
Suppliers: Bargaining Power of Suppliers: Low
Suppliers in the personal computer industry can be categorized into three groups:…
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Demonstrate and apply knowledge of a personal computer system
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Element 1 | Demonstrate knowledge of the hardware components of a personal computer system. Range hardware components may include but are not limited to – central processing unit, motherboard, keyboard, mouse, display monitor, disk drive, Random Access Memory (RAM), Read Only Memory (ROM), printer, digital camera, scanner, modem…
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B. As a manager, we would like to monitor the current trends in the computer services industry. We believe that this could be a very profitable industry for Dell in the near future that they could take advantage in. We would also like to monitor the personal industry and how we can keep and convert more consumers to buy from Dell. Dell has a strong presence in the personal computer industry already, but we would like to monitor it to make sure they can keep their strong records…
to be, at the top of its game. It owned 70% of the
entire mainfranie market, controlled 95% of its profits, and had long dominated the industry. Yet disaster famously ensued, as Intel and Microsoft subsequently captured the lion's share of the computer industry's profits, and Big Blue entered a decade of decline. It's easy to look back and ask, "What were they thinking?" but, in truth, IBM's decision fit well with prevailing orthodoxies, particularly with the idea that companies should outsource…
Mac VS Windows
Computers are very useful, and they are important for people like mac and windows. That’s why computers are indispensable for our life. They have similar strong points and weak points. However, they have more different than other computers because of looks, functions, and made from country.
There are looks difference between mac and windows. Mac’s computers are small size, light, and slim shape. That’s why people can easy to carry them, and if people will go to anywhere, they can…
they can take advantage of the utilities and buttons they put on them to make the accessibility of a Mac that much better.
The prices for building gaming computers with the same specs are almost identical (Mac being minorly more expensive the PC). It then comes down to how much time people want to spend getting the computers up and working. With PC, to get specific specs to the persons liking a lot of the time they would have to build the PC themselves which is very time consuming. After…
Best Practices at the Dell Computer Corporation:
Benchmarking a High-Speed Management
We’re in a world that is obsessed with speed. “Time”
has won the race to become our most valued resource. . . .
Time to market, that is, the elapsed time between product
deﬁnition and availability . . . is becoming a highly competitive issue for U.S. companies, and . . . it may be the single
most critical factor for success across markets. . . . Speed to
market creates opportunities in market…
payment to us as specified on your invoice (the “Total Price”) for each computer or computerrelated device (“Computer Device”) plus any applicable sales or similar taxes, Dell will provide you with Accidental
Damage Service pursuant to the following terms and conditions:
Covered Computer Devices: You must pay a separate Total Price for each Computer Device you wish to be
covered by this Agreement. With regard to each Computer Device covered by this Agreement the following
general terms, conditions…
Computers in Our World
Our world is constantly evolving. The only thing in life that is constant is change, and Computers are no different. Even though computers have only existed in the last seventy years, many believe computers have changed the world more than any other technological advance. Over the past seventy years, computers have made a quick evolution into our world with several major advancements. Just as with all things, however, there was a beginning to the computer generation.…