Technology on the Desktop


Dr. George Kostopoulos

When it comes to technology on the desktop, the desktop has come a very long way in a very short time. For centuries the only technology on the desktop was a feather and an ink well. The last century progressively equipped the desktop with a telephone, a typewriter, an adding machine and a fax machine. As for the last decade, in a frog leap, it placed a personal computer on most desktops, and even changed the meaning of the word desktop itself from meaning the top of a desk to now meaning a personal computer.

The personal computer, the desktop as we now call it, compared to the prior technologies found on the top of a desk, is almost a mythical machine. It not only provides its users with tremendous computing power, but also links them with the rest of the world. Credit for that goes to the Internet, that allows us to communicate and interact with associates around the world in a real-time text, audio and video mode. Because of the Internet, we are going to be known in the universe, as the planet that never sleeps.

The technology, that resides in a desktop, when integrated with our intellect, through our ability to use the installed software, makes the desktop our personal spaceship, or cybership. In the comfort of our office or home, we may explore worlds that were totally unreachable before.

There are currently about two billion pages on the Web that we may visit, and over quarter of a billion web surfers, that could possibly visit our pages, with these numbers daily increasing.

This is the communication power of the desktop sitting on the top of our desk. It is a power that, when effectively harnessed, may eradicate illiteracy, and may intellectually and uniformly elevate the entire human race. The communication power of the desktop, coupled with the Internet, is a resource the world has not yet realized its potential benevolent impact.

Besides the communication power, the desktop also has local power, derived from the installed software applications. With appropriate software a mother may consult pediatric encyclopedias, a lawyer may review thousands of prior cases stored in a CD, businessmen can maintain records of all their activities. There is absolutely no one who cannot benefit from the desktop. It is like me saying that there is no one who cannot benefit by speaking the language of the environment.

Naturally, for the society to benefit from the technology on the desktop, each and every of its member must develop fluency in this new language. We must acquire fluency in the ability to use the personal computers making them a natural extension of our physical and intellectual being.

The future is very bright and rewarding in a multitude of ways for those who can ride the chariot of technology holding the reigns in their very own hands and make it take them where they want to be.

In every sector, let it be government, education or commerce, the power measure of today is technology expertise, serving as the differentiating factor between failure and success.

Laredo Morning Times: To be published.