I remember when I bought my first computer, way back in the day. The Internet was just getting started. I think the hard drive was smaller than most USB sticks you get for free when signing up for a credit cards. One had to connect to the Internet through a modem, that was slower than the postman. If you had a problem connecting, which was often, you'd have to disconnect, call your ISP, wait on hold for 45 minutes, and then try and get some advice on what to do. If you were lucky, you'd get it right the first time, and whole process would only take an hour or so.
These days, these problems rarely happen. There's so many ways to connect it's not uncommon to "borrow" the internet from your neighbors from time to time. When most people think of viewing fantastic technological changes through time travel, they imagine going through time hundreds of years. In less than a decade and a half, the advances in computing and Internet technology have been absolutely breathtaking.
One of the most amazing ways this is shown is the lighting fast pace that computers are becoming increasingly advanced. Not only that, but they are becoming cheaper and cheaper. Many economists say that this is the last section of the economy that isn't messed up by government intervention and price controls. That left to it's own devices, the free market will always produce better goods for cheaper prices.
This means a lot of things for most people. For one, everybody has access to a huge range of tools that only professionals had access to before. Communication, marketing, research, everything you could possibly want is at your fingertips. If you've got a great idea for a product, you could find free lancers all over the world to put it together and help you sell it, all from the comfort of your own home.
And of course, computers are getting smaller and smaller. Not too long ago, it was only traveling salespeople and students who bothered to lug around a laptop. Nowadays, they are the preferred computer, even if you never plan on leaving your home. They are light, extremely powerful, and have screen resolution and graphics that give any big screen TV a run for their money.
Most people these days have several laptops. One for work, one for fun, one for projects, and one just to have in case of a backup. Why not buy another one today?