Tag Archives: 1992 IBM Laptop

The Ultimate Personal Computer for Travelers

Droid Smartphone being used for navigationWe’ve been teaching seminars lately on Smartphones.  We use our Droid phones to demonstrate all the cool stuff we can do with them.  The excitement over Smartphones reminds me of when the Personal Computer first came out.  Back in 1983 I started teaching ‘Introduction to Personal Computers.’  People were thrilled with word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases.  As, ‘personal’ computers became all about business, they tied us to the office and got kind of boring. 

Now, nearly 30 years later, computers are getting personal again in the form of Smartphones.  They fit in our pocket and work without any kind of cord or cable.  They handle all our email, take pictures, and use GPS to tell us how to get to anywhere we want to go.  They can scan bar codes at the store and tell us where to find the same product at a better price.  They can even translate our English into Spanish, French, or Chinese and speak the results for us.  Oh … and they also make phone calls!

Chris' first Laptop - IBM circa 1992 compared to Droid smartphone

The picture above (taken with Jim’s Droid of course) is of me visiting our storage unit where we keep relics like my very first laptop. It’s an IBM and I used it in the early 90s. No mouse, no hard drive, I used a 1200 baud modem to connect to the Internet. There was no World Wide Web, but there was CompuServe! The Droid smartphone I’m holding in my left hand does SOO much more than the laptop ever did. Things that were never even dreamed of back in 1992!

If you’ve been on the fence about getting a Smartphone (Android or iPhone), we encourage you jump in!  Even the most computer-averse person I know, quickly fell in love with her smartphone.  Especially if you don’t have an office, or you do a lot of traveling, you may find the smartphone is the only computer you’ll need. 

For our members, we have started a series of Tutorial Videos on using the Droid.  A free sample video on Email to Navigation is available on our Youtube channel.

Better yet, register for our Techno-Geek Learning Rally April 22-28 in Bushnell, Florida and you’ll get lots of lessons, even small group, hands-on lessons with Smartphones.  Our co-hosts from TechnoRV use iPhones, and other Apple products too so it won’t just be the Geeks with their Droids.