Thanks, pogmoor. Now back to the subject.
I'm somewhat sympathetic to the idea of downgrading the pc to the second 10 on the list and replacing it perhaps with antibiotics. But before we do that, I'll make a last ditch effort to defend the position of the pc. We're not just talking about computing power, of course, but also about the internet, knowledge, and communications. I'm old enough to remember the advent of the mainframe computer and the revolution that created in business, engineering, and science. Now that's available to each of us through the PC.
I could make a long list of the wrong things my teachers told us or refused to even discuss. In my small hometown, even the library collection was slanted toward "acceptable" knowledge. The pc and the internet has freed us from that. It has become our window on the world. Even in cities where we had access to large and unabridged libraries, the pc has made it much easier and faster to find information. What we might have spent hours trying to find in even a well-stocked library is now available to us immediately with a well-worded internet query.
And think about all the innovative ways personal computers are used in schools and workplaces. We're also much better connected to what's going on in government. Whether you're a farmer who wants to keep in touch with the latest research of the Department of Agriculture or a medical doctor who wants the best information on a particular drug before prescribing it, the latest information is available at your fingertips.
As for communications, we're better connected than we were before by letter and telephone. I just received an email from an old friend who just moved to another state. She wanted to tell me of the success of her move and how happy she was with her new home, while giving me her new house address, phone number, and email address. The most amazing thing was that I was only one of dozens of friends and colleagues to whom she sent her email.
Oh, and did I mention that without the PC we wouldn't have Delcamp and wouldn't be having this delightful discussion?