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MY, HOW THE TECHNOLOGY WORLD HAS CHANGED! 50 issues of By The Dart


Issue 1 – In the Beginning There Was Windows I looked up the very first article we wrote for By The Dart 50 issues ago – it was on the pros and cons of upgrading to Windows Vista! In 2008 the choice was pretty simple – buy a Microsoft Windows PC or an Apple Mac. There were no iPads or tablets; no touch screens or smart phones; no “apps” to download. The majority of computer users simply had to accept what was on offer from Microsoft. Issue 27 – And Along Came the Apple iPad Our article in May 2010 asked “Will Apple’s iPad Change Computing Forever?” In short, the answer was yes. It was the catalyst for an enormous shift in focus in technology terms and has indirectly presented us with the choices that we have today. Issue 50 – So Much Choice! Today, it’s no longer a case of “which laptop


shall I buy?” but “why should I buy a laptop?” There are so many other options to keep you entertained and enable you to communicate in an instant. • Touch Screen Tablets – perfect for email,


internet and entertainment at home or on the go. You can opt for an Apple iPad 3 (from £399),


iPad Mini (£269) or choose from a range of tablets that run Google’s Android Operating System (£100-£300). A late entrant is Microsoft’s Surface Tab running Windows 8 (From £399) • Google Chrome Book - an ultra thin computer with an 11” screen without a hard drive or any installed software. All you need is an Internet connection as everything is web based - your data and programs are all stored “in the Cloud” (From £199) • The Kindle Fire – no longer just an E-reader, the new Kindle Fire is a 7” HD tablet with benefits. Surf the web, do email,


download apps and access Amazon’s library of 22 million films, books, music and games. (£159).


Do the Next 5 Years Belong To Google and Amazon? These giants have created a pace of change that we have not seen before. In five years, we may very well look at a traditional desktop computer as if it should be in a museum! What does this all mean for you? Without a doubt, it means more choice and lower prices! A Happy New Technology Year to you all. Heather Betts | Dartmouth Computing Tel: 01803 834377 heather@dartmouthcomputing.com


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