Tech Advisor - - FEATURE -

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.

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