It’s impossible to imagine life without a computer nowadays. We do our work, entertain ourselves and find out what we need to know via computers. Sometimes we forget that the smartphone is just a palm-sized version of our desktop PC.
While the term computer can apply to virtually any device that has a microprocessor in it, most people think of a computer as a device that receives input from the user through a mouse or keyboard, processes it in some fashion and displays the result on a screen. The hardware and software within computers have evolved at a circuit-snapping pace in the past few decades — the bulky desk-crushing machines from the early ’80s look nothing like the featherweight touchscreen tablets of today.
Compared to those of the late 20th-century, today’s modern computers are also a lot more interconnected thanks to the unrelenting sprawl of the internet and various