Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Who used computers?

Qualcomm introduced a 64-bit mobile processor this week and I realized that someday I'll have trouble explaining the concept of a "computer" to my grandchildren. 

Me: You see, we wrote e-mail on these large screens that sat on desks... 
Kid: You mean like tablets?  
Me: No, computers were bigger. They had keyboards, you couldn't touch the screens and often you needed a cart to move them around.  
Kid: Why didn't you write on your phone? You had smartphones, right?  
Me: Yeah. 
Kid: The phones could surf the web, play videos and games?  
Me: Yeah.  
Kid: So what was the computer for?  
Me: Ummmm...