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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Seems like just about every abode in the U.S.A. these days, no matter how large or small, has two ubiquitous fixtures: some kind of sound system and some kind of home computer. But it wasn’t always so.

Take online love. Back in the golden age of television, variety show host Art Linkletter used to play matchmaker by entering the vital stats of participating singles into the then-state-of-the-art UNIVAC computer, which was powered by thousands of vacuum tubes and filled up an entire laboratory. I can’t give you a temperature reading of Art’s infamous matches, but one is assured that the computer room was one hot place. Nowadays, our hand-held PDAs hold more computing power than those Arrow-shirt-wearing UNIVAC propellerheads could ever dream of.

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