Has the increased use of computers and the Internet been a good thing for you, and in general?
Nov 20, 2015 11:16 AM
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The first "small" computer I ever saw was a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-1, in 1962. I'd seen IBM computers previously, but they didn't excite me. It is strange to say this, but when I saw the PDP-1, I had a "wow" reaction, like love at first sight. (Or like character in <em>A Chorus Line</em> who talks about seeing dancers for the first time as a child, and saying "I can do that!")

I put "small" in quotation marks because it was about the size of three refrigerators. It had 4,096 words, equivalent to 9,126 bytes of "core memory" (RAM made of ferrite cores) and a magnetic drum able to hold about twenty times that amount. It had a memory cycle time of 5 microseconds, meaning, roughly a clock speed of 0.2 megahertz = 0.0002 gigahertz.

Obviously computers have been good for me since I have spent most of my working life programming computers.

As for the Internet, I personally find it... miraculous, that I can make a video phone call to get live lessons from a language teacher. Part of the miracle is that it is <em>so cheap--</em>basically free in the sense of no added cost--that I only think about paying the teacher, not about paying for the call.

If that doesn't make sense, bear in mind that in the 1970s I used to use Compuserve Information Service, and it cost about $6 an hour for the service plus something like $6 an hour for the telephone call.

November 21, 2015

Very good for me, it is how I make my living. :-)

It is like anything new. Back a long time ago it was said the TV was going to ruin the children. Or video games, or MTV, or...

We can find both good and bad with the increasingly interconnected world. We, individually, must keep in mind what is most important in life and use this new tool as that, just a tool.


November 20, 2015

Yes of course. The Internet and computers have enabled me to access vast amounts of medical knowledge. I can get so many pdfs and articles, high quality abstracts etc from Internet which I could not afford to buy in real life. I am specially thankful to Wikipedia. Wikipedia has wonderful articles on various medical topics. 


On the flip side I waste lots of time surfing about who is the current most beautiful top 100 ladies, I don't know that's positive or negative point. Haha

November 21, 2015

To a certain extent, yes! The world is now so connected and it's so convenient to chat with others from the other side of the world. However, it has its pros and cons too. Some people might misuse the Internet for bad stuff like scams and such. 

November 24, 2015

Definitely! The internet has made so many things more accessible and possible. I can't even begin to describe how different my life would be without it.


I'm constantly amazed by how quickly information can spread in this day and age, especially with social media, and how people these days have access to knowledge that was not available just 20 years ago. It's truly amazing that we get to live in this era and experience how technology is slowly changing our lives

November 24, 2015
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