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Friday, 31 July 2015

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Desktop Computers- The personal computer (PC) was invented as a prosthesis to replace the human brain. As expected our brains have atrophied from the reliance upon such a crutch - and users just can't get enough. Whereas the telephone lets your fingers do the walking, now you can let the PC do the thinking. After all, thinking is too much like work and people have better things to do with their time. Why risk getting a headache trying to think when a PC can do it for you? It's literally a no-brainer. But any benefit computers may have will soon be lost thanks to the Internet.

Instead of using the PC for productivity purposes users spent most of their time surfing the web. New computers are more like interactive TV sets, so PC makers developed voice activated command features making the mouse and keyboard obsolete. Our fingers and limbs will be next to go.

In accordance with Moore's Law the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit (chip) has doubled its processing power every 18 months on average, as did the increase in the number of new PC users and tech firm start-ups. In accordance to Less's Law the retail cost of a new PC and the market share each tech firm shrank exponentially.

In accordance with most company business plans IT (hardware, software, and internet) upgrades will increase worker productivity and profits. But in accordance with the law of unintended consequences both company profit and worker productivity decreased in direct proportion to IT upgrades.

Instead of increasing overall production output, the increase in actual productivity simply helped workers finish their jobs faster so they had more leisure time to waste sitting around taking advantage of the latest upgrades to play video games, watch streaming porn, and partake in online gambling and other nefarious activities. While PC upgrades spoiled the working class and made them lazier, it also empowered them and made them restless because now they felt chained to their workstations. They were mad as hell and weren't going to take anymore.

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