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How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology, Tenth Edition by Timothy Edward Downs, Ron White

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Chapter 12. The Evolution of the Super Computer

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You just can’t please some people. Today we have computers that bring us scenes from a battlefield in another hemisphere while we wait for the bus. Computers give you access to every song you ever listened to or might listen to. They show you on a real-time map where your kids are. They let you design and lay out a magazine in a couple of hours. In a couple of days, you can use a computer to design that new kitchen. They’ve taken the place of photography darkrooms, musical keyboards, calendars, landline phones, libraries, movie theaters, and having to ask a guy at a gas station how to get to Grandma’s ...

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