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Chapter 12. Road Service for the Infobah... > No Mac Is an Island... Anymore

No Mac Is an Island... Anymore

There was a time, not too long ago, when the fact that the personal computer could function free of a network or online connection was perceived as its main advantage. What you could do with your personal computer was not constrained by what the mainframe gods would permit. You were in complete control of your own environment.

These days are over. In fact, connecting the computer to the outside world, particularly the Internet, is probably the single biggest reason that most people buy a computer today. But we have not returned to a world where your computer is little more than a "dumb terminal" with all the "power" concentrated in a mainframe computer over which you have little or no control. You remain in control. The Internet is viewed as empowering users, rather than subjugating them. Via the Internet, you have easy access to more information than people could have possibly imagined even as recently as ten years ago. These days, from cruising the World Wide Web to sending/receiving email, the Internet is everything.


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