The computer is no longer just a large, complex, expensive object that major corporations blame when
they screw up your order. Thanks to the miracle of electronics, today's computer is a large, complex,
expensive object that you can have in your own home.
If you read your major trend-spotting magazines such as Time and Newsweek, you know that in recent
years virtually every man, woman, and child in the United States has bought a personal home computer.
You constantly see articles explaining how ordinary people like yourself are finding all kinds of handy
uses for computers around the home:
Bob and Doris Pullet of Full Horse, Texas, use their computer for many things, such as keeping track
of what kind of soup they have in their pantry. 'It has been a real boon to us,' reports Doris. 'In the old
days, we would have to open the pantry door and manually look inside to see whether we had, say
chicken gumbo. But now all I do is turn on the computer and punch in a few simple commands, and
within a matter of seconds the computer says 'CHKN GMB/2;.87;.74,' which lets me know that we
have two cans of chicken gumbo with a depreciated value of 87 cents, or 74 cents adjusted for
inflation. And Bob is working on a program that will keep track of the good forks.'