September 3, 2010 – Way back when I first started using personal computers (think 1MB hard drive), all of us were really convinced that this device was “the future” – and that it would become as essential to home and office as the late, lamented typewriter had been.

We were also sold on the notion that as the technology advanced, the size of the devices would shrink, and to a great extent this has been true. Anyone who remembers the first “portable computers” will recall that laptops, as we now know them, have shrunk from suitcase-sized to pocket folder dimensions. Yet as I look at my relatively new Dell desktop PC, it seems to me that the box is, if anything, larger than my antiquated, 1980s PC, even if the monitor is a good deal slimmer.

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