If you are like most people, your computer system is the hub of your entire universe these days. When you wake up, the first thing you probably do is turn on your computer to check your email and possibly your social media. There is a good chance that a portion of your job hinges on a computer system. When you get home, it is time to help the kids with their homework, browse the internet, or enjoy your home entertainment center. All of these things have a computer at the heart of them, which is why knowing at least a little bit about computers is going to go a long way.
The versatility of computers is amazing and is continuing to grow at an exponential rate. With a push towards miniaturizing computer systems, by making our phones all in one computing devices, we are now carrying computers in our pocket with more power than the rooms that computers took up a few short decades ago. From the micro to the macro, you can also still get larger systems with unfathomable amounts of speed to use for anything from playing video games to rendering highly detailed texture maps for making movies.
The days where you needed to have costly software on machines that were astronomically expensive are over. A good computer system can run a network of thousands of other computers without missing a beat, store more music than you could listen in a lifetime, or stream a live webshow to millions of people watching online. These are things that we take for granted as technology keeps pushing forward, but it doesn't take a top of the line machine to do these things, and compared to the speeds of the newest systems, is quite mundane.
When you wake up tomorrow morning, keep a count of how many computers you run across. From your cell phone to the cash register at your supermarket, you are surrounded every day by computer systems that perform amazing functions in your life. The world has come to rely on this power, and will continue to as we grow and evolve. Science has even begun putting computers in our bodies to help with vision, monitoring our vital statistics, and for those who have lost limbs. With the creativity of man behind them, there is nothing that computer systems won't eventually be able to do.
We have come a long way from the warehouses that stored computers that shot out punchcards. Nowadays, you can carry gigs of space in your pocket, and this is only the beginning to the types of computer systems you are going to see every single day for the rest of your life.