With the rapid advances in technology of the last couple of decades, personal computers became a ubiquitous and, yes, an essential part of life.
By 2011, 75.6 percent of American households reported owning a PC, compared with just 8.2 percent in 1984, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Sometime in 2014, the 2 billionth PC will be installed somewhere in the world, with the growth rate for new installations expected to continue at 12 percent per year, according to the technology research firm Gartner Inc.
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