Extraordinary Genius - Chapter 403 – Useless computer
Feng Yu bought a computer, and at the same time, he got the contact number to Lenovo which was printed on the packaging.
Feng Yu went to the post office in his neighborhood, and after giving a red packet, 2 technicians followed him home to install internet line.
In this era, there were no broadband or fiber optics cables. He only installed a modem with a phone line. Although the internet was still in the initial phase, he could send emails. In the future, Feng Yu could manage his companies from remote locations. This would be more convenient than going to shops to send and receive faxes.
The computer started running, dialing and Feng Yu frowned. The noise from the computer was deafening. He had never used computers in his previous life. When he used a computer, it was already 586 and comes with the Win95 operating system.
He was unsure if it was the computers in this era that were noisy or it was because Lenovo computers do not have the technology.
After about a minute, the internet was connected. Feng Yu shook his head. The speed was too slow.
Feng Yu opened the web browser and entered the internet address given to him by the shop owner. There were not many domains at this time.
The shop owner told Feng Yu that there were more than 1 million computers globally and this figure will increase further. It will increase by 200,000 to 3000,000 computers every year. But Feng Yu knew what the shop owner said was too conservative. The growth of computers in the future was much faster than what everyone expected. By the end of the millennium, there were more than 10 million computers that were connected to the internet. The computers that were not connected to the internet were countless.
The internet was developing at an astonishing speed. The internet speed will increase from a few M to a few G. The internet users also increase from about a million users now, to a few hundred million in a few years’ time.
Feng Yu was frustrated over the time taken to load a webpage. When the web page was loaded, Feng Yu wanted to bang his head on the wall!
Fuck! Why was the webpage all in text?
Feng Yu had expected all sort of old school scenarios, but he had never expected this. This was too backward. This was the first time in his life to see a text version webpage!
He was not used to this type of webpage. It was too uncomfortable to look at it!
Seems like this computer was not suitable for web surfing, play games, send or receive emails. At most, one could only type a few words on this computer.
Feng Yu was regretting. This was not worth 10,000 RMB! Ordinary workers got to save every single cent for 6 years before they could afford this computer. What sort of stupid functions was there on this computer?
Feng Yu does not know that under this circumstance, could he teach Wu Zhigang and the rest to learn how to send and receive emails. Maybe they would have difficulties learning how to type.
After registering an email account, Feng Yu sent an email to Fu Guangzheng. Fu Guangzheng’s company had started using computers last year to send and receive emails. Hong Kong was still more advanced than China.
After disconnecting from the internet, Feng Yu start to check the software on the computer. The internet now was charged according to usage, and the charges were exorbitantly high. Although Feng Yu was wealthy, he does not like to waste his money.
Taking out a floppy disk, he inserts it into the floppy disk drive. The computer made even louder noises.
After about 3 minutes, the reading of the disk was finally over, and Feng Yu moved the ball mouse to open a file. His mood became slightly better.
This was an adventure game. It was also the mainstream type of games in the era.
The developer for this game was Softstar from Taiwan. This was the company that made the game series.
It was because the success of adventure games, Softstar developed game and it immediately became a classic. In Feng Yu’s previous life, Softstar made lots of profits just from the merchandises of this game.
Feng Yu wondered if he could get a stake in Softstar before the launch of the game. But Taiwanese does not really like the Chinese businessmen now. Some of them even look down on businessman from China.
Taiwan’s economy was much better than China, and only Taiwanese would come to China to invest. There were no China businessmen who had went to Taiwan to invest yet. It would be difficult for Feng Yu to invest in Taiwanese companies.
But Feng Yu have a company in Hong Kong. Maybe he could make use of it. It would be best if he were successful. It does not matter even if he failed. At least he could still try to get the distribution rights of the game in China. With Master Lu’s help, which other company would dare to vie the distribution rights with him?
Feng Yu played the game for about 2 hours until his pager beeped.
It was Fu Guangzheng paging him. He had received Feng Yu’s email. Feng Yu looked up at the ceiling and hope that Fu Guangzheng had just seen the email and not this email took 2 hours to reach his mailbox!!
The computers now were too slow, and Feng Yu changed his mind about equipping Tai Hua Trading with computers. Let’s wait for a few years after Win 95 was introduced. By that time, the internet should be faster and easier to operate. Wu Zhigang and the rest should be able to pick up the skills to use the internet.
Although there was a Chinese Language Card installed in this computer, many of the commands for the dos system was still in English. Wu Zhigang and the rest of his staffs should go crazy if they had to learn English.!
But the battery factory and the Machinery Company should have some computers. The engineers there need to do research and computers should be about to help them in some ways.
What worried Feng Yu the most was that those engineers do not know how to use computers. They might still use calculators or even paper to do their calculations. Their efficient was too low.
After switching off the computer, Feng Yu looked at Lenovo’s contact number on the box. He wants to contact Lenovo.
Lenovo company at this time was split into two. One was Hong Kong Lenovo, and the other was Beijing Lenovo. Of course, the people in charge was Liu Chuanzhi and his men.
Needless to say, the people who had made it big in this era were not simple. Especially those in the technology sector, all of them have strong backings. In this era, those without strong backings could not enter the technology sector. Even if they were able to enter, they could only be a researcher or engineer. They can never be a leader!
Liu Chuanzhi’s father was a famous engineer in China and was one of the pioneers in setting up the patent law in China.
At that time, Liu Chuanzhi’s father was attacked by many for having the concept of patents. People felt that this was backward thinking. One should contribute the results of their research to the nation without any reward. The country will give you recognition. Benefits? What benefits are you talking about? Are you a capitalist? We should be talking about contributing to the nation!
As more inventions were stolen by foreigners and patented by them, China suffered heavy losses. These voices disappeared, and China started to emphasize patents.
Liu Chuanzhi’s father was assigned by the government to register a company in Hong Kong. His company was to register international patents on behalf of China. He was also a leader in China’s Patent office and also the chairman of Patent Protection Association of China!
It was not easy to be the chairman of a national level association. This was the reason why Liu Chuanzhi was able to be the General Manager of Lenovo. It was also because of his father, Liu Chuanzhi was so familiar with the global developments in technology.
Feng Yu only hope that Liu Chuanzhi’s values were not about contributing to the nation!