Introduction

In the early days of personal computing, using a computer was simple.

Typically you had only one computer. All you had to do was learn how to operate that computer and the software you put on it, and you’d be set.

Well, come to think of it, that was often pretty darn complicated. You had to know which commands to type, which components to install, and more often than not, have a little programming experience under your belt.

And then things started getting easier, at least from the point of view of the people buying and using computers. The Macintosh was introduced as the “computer for the rest of us,” with its graphical user interface that describes what we still see today (on Windows PCs, too): mouse pointers, icons, folders and ...

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