The migration of computing continues to move from a centralized model to decentralized. At one point computers were relegated to large raised-floor rooms chilled by massive air-conditioning units in specialized buildings.
With the introduction of the “personal computer” the model was to establish computing that the individual could control. For the first time in history a person was capable of harnessing the power of computers at their desktop. Users were not content with that.
Networks were developed to allow workgroups of individuals to share data and to utilize the decentralized storage model where files were housed in centralized arrays.
As computers became more powerful, people wanted to take that information processing with them. This led to the development of laptop computers where users could now place large amounts of storage in a briefcase or purse. Still, the consumer was not satisfied. They desired more processing power in even smaller form factors.
The age of the “smart phone” allowed users to leave their laptops at home yet still be able to access the information they needed when they are on the move. It is not just computers that are impacted by this desire.
The idea of a large repository of music, movies, and information only being available at home or work seems antiquated in today’s standards. Apple, Inc. has found itself at the forefront of this revolution with several of its products.
The iPod was introduced to allow users to carry large amounts of music with them on the go. The iPhone was added to provide personal communications whether it be phone conversations, email, text messages, or video conferencing. Finally the iPad provides a new device that bridges the gaps between extreme portability and laptop replacement.
I find myself riding the wave of change using all these technologies and developing new use cases for myself and creating new software to meet those needs. If you would like to talk about any of these technologies please feel free to contact me.