The history of mobile computing is still a brief one at best, perhaps less old than most individuals visiting this page, as the now popular idea of easily accessible internet anywhere is relatively new.Â Yes is seems like we have had pocket access to cell phones with computer functionality for years now, and laptops, well it’s tough to remember a time without laptops, though in fact, it wasn’t terribly long ago.Â Â Even well into the 90′s, business men and women found themselves tied to the work or home office by power cords, internet connection cords and a cumbersome-to carry screen, modem and hard drive. The original idea for mobile computing is not far off from the original idea for personal computers, as soon after the first concept emerged it wasn’t long before someone suggested, as it’s no surprise that as soon is something is invented the next immediate thought is about how to make it better. Â Â The first roots of the portable lap top can be traced back to Alan Kay, who sought to create the Dynabook, an educational tool children could take with them.Â Not a fully functional laptop, the Dynabook was dreamed up as a slate computer with long lasting battery life, which would have provided digital media to young users.Â Unfortunately, when the idea first came about in 1968 such technology was only a dream. The first truly functional portable computer to see the light of day was the Osborne 1, an improvement on a later Alan Kay creation, the Xerox NoteTaker.Â Adam Osborne came up with the idea, which Lee Felsenstein would design, announcing its release in the year 1981, selling over 11,000 units immediately.Â This first model weighed 23.5 lbs. and featured just a tiny 5 inch screen, though price was initially set at $1,795.Â The Osborne Computer Company would release the Osborne Executive and many more improvement models, though it would be years before portable computing began to take shape in terms of what we know today. The Kyotronic 85, made by Kyocera was influential in reducing the size of laptops, providing a tiltable screen and internal modem, while weighing less than 5 lbs.Â The model ran on AA batteries and included a text editor, among other build in programs designed by Microsoft, making it a great travel friendly keyboard for writers and journalists. Apple released their first portable computer in 1989, the Macintosh Portable, though portable may have been a creative use of the word in describing the bulky white apparatus.Â Of course, DIRECTV, only 2 years in 1991 later the company would introduce the Powerbook, a line of computers instrumental in making the modifications we now see in personal computing all over the world.Â The modern laptop would begin to take shape throughout the early 90′s, though even those developers doubtfully had any idea of the potential for mobile computing and the social, cultural and economic revolution it has generated worldwide.
If you own a device that is capable of mobile computing, then you are at a huge advantage these days. After all, while mobile computing devices are not necessarily rare, they are still not what many would consider common or mainstream just yet. Those who have access to reliable remote computing are at an advantage, then, in the sense that they can use this ability to make money while on the go.
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There are many ways that mobile computing can make companies money. Mobile computing can enable telecommuting, working while traveling, and even a reduction of physical office space. Technology has made mobile computing just as efficient and accessible as traditional computing. Sometimes, mobile computing can even be faster or better because it allows businesses to tap into computer systems more advanced than their own.
VPNs and cloud technology both allow people to access their computer systems via tablet, PC, or Read the rest of this entry »
With technology growing every day, many alternatives to traditional business practices have been taking place. Who would have thought that one day meetings would be held over the computer rather than in person? With the growing webcam trend, many businesses are turning to Skype to complete their business meetings. Skype is a free service that is offered for those who have webcam capabilities. Besides the free version, users also have the option to upgrade to a paid version of the service. The paid version includes minutes Read the rest of this entry »
The long awaited release of Apple Remote Desktop 3 (ARD3), a MAC OS X software management tool that allows users to remotely control other computers on the same network, brings with it an abundance of upgrades — over 50 new features according to Apple.
Remote Desktop, an application popular among IT professionals, allows seamless integration of multiple computers at once. You may, for instance, want to upgrade a particular software on 100 devices in a computer lab. With Remote Desktop, you can upgrade all 100 at once, making mass network management more efficient.
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Technology has changed the way that individuals perform their jobs. One of the biggest thing that technology has improved is troubleshooting. The ability to remote desktop into computers has saved many companies money and it has also reduced employee downtime.
Help desk technicians, for example, are able to remote desktop into computers and resolve many issues without ever leaving their desks. It’s a simple process that only takes a couple of minutes. PC users that want to access another computer through the remote desktop should click the Read the rest of this entry »
Thechnology has come a long way in the last ten to fifteen years or so. When the computer was first introduced, you had to take it to a repair shop when you experienced problems with it if you did not know what you were doing to fix it yourself. With todays capabilities, the hassle of taking your computer apart to take it to the repair shop and then bring it home to figure out what goes where is no Read the rest of this entry »
It’s impossible to think of all the benefits of wireless offhand but with so many people turning to companies like clear internet we thought we’d take a look at some of the lesser known benefits of wireless…
Save money. Did you know that getting wireless and cancelling your expensive cellphone data plan can actually save you money? If you’re spending less days commuting into the office you may be saving money on gas, as well.
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As storage space, keyboards, audio/video capability, business applications and overall functionality continue to improve on what we used to know as cell phones, how much longer before smart phones move in on grounds typically reserved for laptops and other mobile PCs?As for now, hybrids such as the iPad have become increasingly popular, the demand for traditional laptops and desktop computers may see a decline in years to come. What is the iPad save for an iPhone with more surface area and without the ability to dial or receive calls? The iPad is effectively a combination of a laptop computer and an iPhone, or in layman’s terms, an oversized iPod touch. Read the rest of this entry »
Now mobile PC services such as GoToMyPC and LogMeIn allow you to access the files on your personal computer from a remote location using your online account. While this has greatly increased convenience and ease of working remotely, it still requires you to have access to a computer with Internet. Hence, where pocket PCs are gaining popularity. These tiny devices are only slightly bigger than most cell phones, yet have access to Windows software. The combination of mobile PC services and pocket PCs is revolutionizing the way we work and travel.The HP iPAQ Pocket PC H2215 offers everything from wireless connection to Microsoft Word and Excel to Windows Media Player. ActiveSync is a unique feature that can be installed on both this device and another PC so that any files created or edited on one can be accessed on the other. You also have access to Bluetooth technology to allow for wireless communication. Read the rest of this entry »