RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 154706854 LA English T1 The big switch : rewiring the world, from Edison to Google A1 Carr, Nicholas G.,, PB W.W. Norton & Co. PP New York YR 2008 SN 9780393062281 0393062287 9780393333947 0393333949 AB A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence. Today a similar revolution is under way. Companies are dismantling their private computer systems and tapping into rich services delivered over the Internet. This time it's computing that's turning into a utility. The shift is already remaking the computer industry, bringing new competitors like Google to the fore and threatening traditional stalwarts like Microsoft and Dell. But the effects will reach much further. Cheap computing will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. Here, business journalist Carr weaves together history, economics, and technology to explain why computing is changing--and what it means for all of us.--From publisher description.