o a time traveller from 1995, the pace of change in technology over the past 20 years is such that the current world is bewilderingly futuristic. When PCAdvisor launched, the idea of handheld devices offering instant access to an exponentially bigger world of entertainment would have been the stuff of science fiction.
Gizmos the size of books now contain detailed maps of the world, your entire record collection and hundreds of, well, books. We can access everything, everywhere, all the time. And we expect to be able to contact all the people in our lives, whenever, wherever. Each day for the past 20 years and more, PC Advisor has reported on new technologies and products. Some stay with us and some disappear. Most are mediocre updates of existing technologies. But some, like the 10 listed here, changed our computing world for ever. This list includes fantastically clever technologies, user-led trends and simple upgrades. But in each case they paved the way for further changes that made our world unrecognisable from the way things were when PCAdvisor started out.