We are now living in a world where technological changes seem to happen in the blink of an eye and the world of computing seems to change fastest of all.
I attended my first lecture on computers in the late 1970's, a time when there was only perhaps a few thousand programmers in the world and the PC didn't exist, memory equalled spools of magnetic tape and the internet was science fiction.
I bought my first PC in the mid 1980's and paid circa £3000 for it, twin floppy disks, no hard drive, a green screen and a spreadsheet program called Lotus 123.
The dealer told me that he hoped to sell at least 30 more of them that year, but we all knew that the computer industry would be very big and eventually every house would have a PC we didn't quite stretch to every room in the house would have a PC or even 2
Then the IDA went forth in the world and returned with companies like Digital, IBM and Intel, Apple, Dell, Gateway and the rest.
Before the Celtic Tiger arrived mobile computing was something that was over the horizon and a lap top almost needed its own engine to get it from room to room.
Now mobile computing may be about to kill the PC.
PC sales may decline "for years to come", analysts begin to worry :: TweakTown USA Edition
Will tablets and smartphones take over the world or is there still a market for a computer with a decent screen size and comfortable keyboard ?
And what is the future for coding as a career ?