No, we are not speaking about the real “cancer” that impacts thousands of people on a daily basis; instead, we are speaking of the beloved terminal and console that all computer geeks and nerds have learned to fall in love with since it was first introduced to us in the 80’s. It’s not just the nerds and geeks who have fallen in love; if you are age 30 and up, you know exactly what the terminal and console provided us back then.
The terminal provided a way of typing a series of strings and expressions in order to achieve your desired end result. MS-DOS, built by Bill Gates, allowed us to play games, run tools, checkdsk, and eventually allowed the connection to the first “internet” of the world: the BBS or bulletin board system. These BBS networks could be private or public and would host a series of games, text files, pictures, etc., allowing the user to connect through a series of strings and expressions input via the terminal/console. This idea was so innovative and captivating that many of us remember meeting, playing and getting lost in “cyberspace” long before it was popular. Remember, BBS systems were around wayyyy before the days of any ISPs (internet service providers) or popular mainstream OS (operating system) existed.
As time passed and tech evolved, the terminal was replaced by the ever-changing GUI (graphic user interface), brought to us by the now popular Micrsoft Windows and Apple brands. This GUI would now sit on top of these “strings & expressions,” allowing the end user to achieve the same results in a more simple, direct approach. You didn’t have to remember all the commands or sit and write hundreds of strings to get what you wanted. Instead, you now had cool buttons and windows that would allow interest about computers to encompass more than just “computer” people by becoming available and accessible to nearly every household in developed countries throughout the world. Moms, dads and siblings could now dive in and take advantage of early programs like KidPix (a MS-paint style of drawing on your computer), Simcity (a make your own world and manage it type of game), plus many more titles.
The once-mighty console and terminal lost standing to more predominant GUI-styled interfaces, allowing the world of technology and computing to progress and evolve into what we would eventually use and become comfortable with using today. Businesses became populated with desktops littered primarily with either the Microsoft Windows or the Apple OS platform. Inside of these operating systems lies a heavily populated internet/web and slew of http:// and www. internet startups, ecommerce, informational, games, etc.. and even this blog you are currently reading resides online accessible through this “internet”.
Do I have your attention?