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This report is about the impact that the personal computer has made during the

past 10 years on the the community. It is a report that includes detailed

information about the personal computer and the way it has worked its way

into a lot of peoples everyday lives. It includes information about the

Internet and how it has shaped peoples life from just a hobby and into an

obsession. It includes detailed information about its history, especially

the time in which it was first developed. There is information about future

possibilities for the computer about who it could be the future and destroy

the future. There is a description on how it is developed and an in-depth

look at how it works.

A personal computer is a machine that lets you do do just about everything you

could think of. You can do some basic word-processing and spreadsheets as well

as 'Surf the Internet'. You can play the latest computer games by yourself as

well as against someone from across the other side of the world. It can store

databases which could contain information that is kept by police for easier

records or you could just use it for your own family history. The basic structure

of a computer is a keyboard, a moniter, a and case which holds all the componets

to make a computer run like a Hard drive, a Motherboard, and a Video card. There

are many other additions you can make to this such as a Modem, a Joystick, and a


The personal computer was developed during the year 1945 by the Americans to help

them decode enemy secret codes during the Second World War. At this time the

computers were huge and only used by governments because they were as big as room.

This was because the main thing they used were vacuum valves which made the

computer enormous. They also never had anything to hold any memory so they

couldn't actually be classed as a true computer. The introduction of a way to

store a file was brought around in the year 1954.

The computer did not have a big impact on the community until about the year 1985

Commodore released a gange of computers called the Commodore 64 and also another

Commodore computer called the Vic 20 which was released in the year 1982. When

Intel saw the Commodore 64's success it released its brand new 386 processor in

the year 1985. Though the 386 was easily the better and faster processor the

Commodore 64 seemed to be the computer getting all the attention because of it's

lower prices so therefore it appealed to a much wider group of people. The 386 was

only in the price range of the mega-rich and agencies. The effect of the Commodore

64 was enormous because it seemed to turn people away from throwing away their

money on Arcade games such as Pac-man and Pong when they could be playing them

in the conveiniance of their own homes and without leaving a dent in the change

pocket. This marked the fall of arcade and the rise of the computer. Arcade

companies such as Namco were forced to make computer games from then if they were

to make any money.

The most specific event to help the rise of the home computer was the invention of

the transistor. Before the transistor the information could only travel through a

vacuum valve. Then the transistor came along and because of its size it reduced

the size of a computer enormously. With the transistor being smaller they could

fit more into a small space and with the more transistors ther was more activity

within them which in turn made them faster. Another worthy event was in the year

1954 when the first writable disk was invented. It was a great achievment because

instead of just being able to work out sums and display them they were able to

store some of the current information for future reference. This way the computer

didn't have to do so much work and therefore it made them evn quicker at doing

sums and cracking codes.

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