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Five Years of Computer Time = ???

Originally published at BunkBlog. You can comment here or there.

As I was clearing out old documents and files from my email attachment directory, I came across a receipt for a Micron computer, purchased in December of 2000. Understand, I never buy the top of the line, but usually something more reasonable.  This is what passed for reasonable in 2000:

AMD Athlon 1 Ghz CPU
128 MB of RAM
20 GB hard drive
8x CDRW drive
12-40x DVD-ROM drive
GeForce2 AGP card
Soundblaster Live Value edition
56k Modem
100 Mbps network card
MS Office Small Business edition
Oh, and I got a free Zip drive.  That was useful.

And all of that was a mere…1800 dollars and change. After shipping and tax, it was just over two grand.  And now that machine would make a dandy footrest. I was looking through the Sunday paper today and came across several laptops that have 2 Ghz procressors and a gig of memory and 100 gig hard drive and dual-layer DVD burners, for 800 bucks.  What a difference five years makes, eh?

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forsythferret
Jul. 23rd, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
That's close to the description of my computer. Which I got 4 years ago, for $400, and have since bought the DVD drive and an extra 256 or RAM for. And no zip drive. Gaming aside, most things don't need most of the computer power most modern computers have.
andysocial
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
More Power!
True enough. My current machine (the Micron went T.U.) is over two years old, and I've added memory, hard drive, and Firewire to it. The machine still does all that I throw at it, including creating DVDs from home video, ripping CDs to my massive digital music library, playing games that I'm willing to play (Midway Treasures is a biggie), and of course wasting countless hours surfing the net.
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