ERIC Number: ED273257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan-18
Reference Count: 0
Role of Colleges in the Coming Demise of the Personal Computer Industry.
Morrison, James W.
The concept of the personal computer (PC) as a stand-alone, single-user computer has had its day. The 8-bit processors cannot support the newer applications, and, although there have been some advances in 16-bit microprocessors, the "second generation" software is immature and does not work well. The immediate problem for colleges and universities is how to replace and/or upgrade their obsolete computing equipment. The trend is toward 32-bit PCs and connecting, sharing databases, and linking departments. The "age of the peripherals" is beginning, and add-ons will include 640K RAM, enhanced graphic boards, laser printers, local area networks, high-resolution graphics monitors, fixed disks, hard disk boards, and CD-ROM players. Future enhancements to existing PC DOS operating systems will incorporate multi-tasking, which will allow users to run a variety of applications simultaneously. The evolution from 16-bit to 32-bit technology will enable users to protect their investment in hardware and software, and software will take full advantage of increased memory, storage, and multi-tasking capabilities. The PC of the future will have to be a strategic education tool for learning. It must be able to program major languages; be capable of accessing library databases; be a remote, online tutorial unit; be able to download instructional databases to fixed disk storage or a CD-ROM device; be a terminal for electronic mail, class assignments, and campus news; be an efficient word processor with a full keyboard; and have graphics-based software and sound/voice capabilities. Advanced versions of the laptop computer will be especially important for student use. (DJR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at a Conference of NERCOMP (New England Regional Computer Programs) (Hanover, NH, January 18, 1986).