Yesterday vs. Today: Business & Technology

Yesterday vs Today: Business & Technology

10 years ago, technology was much different than it is today.  Take a look at decade old technology and tell me things haven’t improved a bit:

1) Genuine Windows® XP Professional, SP2 with Media

I customized this computer model two times.  My computer will be $1424 and John’s computer will be $1805.  Both prices include tax and shipping.  My computer has the following:

intel processor

This computer build is necessary for my work.  I customized this computer, using Dell’s small business work station option, to handle my work.  It has a fast processor and a lot of memory, which allows me to run many processes quickly without freezing up the computer.  This was the minimum option, which was enough for me because I will not be doing any major work.  There was no option to get rid of the video card, but it may help to make the screen easier on the eyes after hours of work.  I chose the minimum 80 GB SATA hard drive option and created a 20 GB partition to store backup data, in case of a system crash.  This hard drive was the minimum option in its category, but is still faster than the PATA/IDE hard drives.  The E177FP Analog Flat Panel monitor was the minimum option in its category.  I could have bought a separate monitor for a better price, but this flat screen monitor greatly reduces glare and the increases the ease on your eyes, when looking at it.  The 48x CD-ROM drive is necessary in case I purchase any new software from a store, and do not download it.  I will need to use the install CD-ROM.

John’s computer has the following:

sata drive

This computer is necessary for John’s work.  I customized this computer, using Dell’s small business work station option again, to handle his type of work.  This computer has a dual-core processor and maxed out memory at 4GB, 667 MHz, DDR2 SDRAM Memory, ECC (4 DIMMS).  This will allow John to run a very large amount of processes on his computer without it freezing up.  It will be perfect for transferring music to and from his computer.  Again, there was no option to get rid of the video card, but it may help to make the screen easier on the eyes after hours of work.  The hard drive is a 250 GB SATA Hard drive which I partitioned to have a 50 GB backup drive.  The E177FP Analog Flat Panel monitor was the minimum option in its category again.  I could have bought a separate monitor for a better price, but this flat screen monitor greatly reduces glare and the increases the ease on your eyes, when looking at it.  On both computers, the combination of the video card and flat screen monitor will be easier on the eyes during working hours.  Lastly, the 48x CD-ROM drive is necessary in case I purchase any software from a store, that needs to be installed with a CD-ROM, or in case I have a CD-ROM that we are going to upload music from.

Microsoft Access is needed for our business.  John can use it to easily create reports and create tables of information about anything from our customers to our song inventories and profits.  On top of that, I can drive to COMP USA in five minutes to pick it up immediately.

Gold Wave Audio Editor is another necessity.  This program can be downloaded from the company website after one payment of $50.00.  System requirements include: Dell XP computer and Direct X 8.0 or better.

This audio editor does everything.  I downloaded a demo for my laptop.  Here are a few things it can do: change music frequency, shorten music, lengthen music, change the tempo of the music, and take out clips of music (like our 30 second clips).

Internet Explorer through Road Runner is the last piece.  Time Warner Cable provides Road Runner for $29.95 for the first 6 months and $44.95 monthly after that.

Road Runner is a great choice for our business because it the fastest internet we can get for an affordable price.  It is always on, and connected.  It has its own built-in security system, and allows for speedy downloads and uploads, along with streaming of music and video.  Also, what I really like is the fact that it provides multiple free email accounts.

Road Runner’s email needs the same system requirements as above, all of which our computers have.

Road Runner provides all of these email accounts for free with their cable service.  I can make as many email accounts as I want with Road Runner.  Also, they provide email security, like anti-phishing software, and junk-email filters.

Keep in mind that the various software mentioned changes by business.  On one side of the spectrum is music, where software might include mixing technology.  On the other side is something like pest control, where maybe it’s just security features for the computer system or database housing the company’s customer data.


Fast forward back to the current reality…a $300 laptop purchased right now at Walmart can outperform either of the two options above, which combined amounted to ~$3,400 from Dell a decade ago.  Regardless of whether you’re in music, pest control, or any other field of business, technology has improved, and security has too.  The importance of having a firewall, proper security software, and appropriate protocols in place in case of an incident has never been more critical.  While technology has advanced for everything computers, so has the uniqueness of viruses and spyware that hackers and misguided coders create.  Stay vigilant.

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