January 02, 2008

Computer Purchase Retrospective

1997 -- Compaq Presario; 200 Mhz processor; 4.3 GB hard drive. $3,000.

1999 -- Custom built computer; 450 Mhz processor; 20 GB hard drive. $1,000.

2003 -- Custom built computer; 2.3 Ghz processor; 80 GB hard drive. $1,000.

2007 (December 31) -- Gateway computer, purchased at Best Buy; dual core Intel processers (2 GB each); 500+ GB hard drive. $860.

I've been trying to wrap my mind around a 500+ GB hard drive. I mean. . . HOLY HELL! I remember my computer science roommates in college telling me 4.3 GB was more storage than I'd ever use; now you have hard drives so large, they can record television shows in real time. To say nothing of the 3+ GB of RAM. There was a time, not that long ago in my mind, when data storage and memory was at a premium and priced like gold; now they practically give it away.

Posted by Ryan at January 2, 2008 02:53 PM | TrackBack

The funny thing is, even before you bought your first computer folks in my family were making the exact same observations. "Remember when nobody thought you would need more than 8 megs of memory"? "Wow, memory is so cheap these days, back in the 80s it was priced like gold."

Posted by: David Grenier at January 3, 2008 09:20 AM

That may be, David, and I neglected to mention the 1993 Macintosh Performa 405, with 256 MB of hard drive space, and AOL!

Still, a jump from 80 GB of hard drive space to 500 GB is still a tad astounding to me.

Posted by: Ryan at January 3, 2008 10:55 AM

You had 4.3 gigs in 1997? You must be from the right side of the tracks. I think the Mac I bought in '97 had 2 GB and I thought I'd never run out of space...

Keep up the Thunderjournaling; you're always good for a laugh.

Posted by: Bryan at January 7, 2008 01:23 PM

Bryan, one of the reasons I opted for a PC rather than a Mac back then was because PCs offered more hard drive space, and they obviously could play PC games, which Macs were late to the game providing support for them, and I was a HUGE PC gamer back then.

Posted by: Ryan at January 7, 2008 03:57 PM
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