Technological advances continue...
Technological advances continue to amaze me.
I remember setting up my first token ring network. Huge cables, not very user friendly configuration (why would everyone want to run a cable to a network box like that), everything really big, really slow.
That was almost twenty years ago.
Today, we see things like this. An SD card with enough hardware to be a wi-fi device and store 2gb of stuff. Or, if you are cheap like me - a 1gb normal SD card for $10 (yes, I had to buy it just because - it was $10) Now I have lots of room for pictures.
Things are moving scary fast sometimes. Hard to keep up with everything.
About 10 years ago (ok, 10 years and a month ago), I was asked to review a new PC configuration for a friend, this is the document they sent me from the vendor:
This machine would take about 2 weeks to deliver from the date of purchase.
Gateway 2000 G6-233
• Processor: Intel 233MHz Pentium II Processor w/ MMX Technology
• Memory: 64MB SDRAM
• Cache: Internal 512K L2 secondary write-back cache
• Monitor: CrystalScan700 17" color monitor
• Graphics Accelerator: nVidia 4MB AGP Graphics Accelerator
• Hard Drive: 4.0GB Ultra ATA hard drive
• Floppy Drive: 3.5" 1.44MB diskette drive
• CD-ROM: 12X min./24X max. CD-ROM drive
• Multimedia Package: Ensoniq wavetable sound card & Boston Acoustics Micromedia Speaker System
• Fax/Modem: TelePath 33.6 Data / 14.4 Fax Modem
• Case: G-Series Mid Tower
• Keyboard: 104+ Keyboard
• Mouse: MS IntelliPoint Mouse
• MS Money 97 & Quicken SE
• MMX Technology Bundle
• Microsoft Windows 95
• Application Software: MS Office 97, Professional Edition
• Service Program: Gateway Gold Premium Service and Support (3yrs. Onsite) added: US$99
Additional Peripheral Hardware
This hardware is highly recommended.
The scanner, in conjunction with the fax/modem above, replaces the need for a separate fax machine (to fax outbound, you would scan and ‘print’, to receive faxes, the computer would just be turned on). Additionally, the scanner allows you to digitally store press releases, magazine articles, photographs an so on.
The digital camera allows you to capture electronically what it not printed in the papers.
The tape backup unit is a must if you are going to store items you wish to keep for a lifetime. The hard disk will fail at some point. If you go to the trouble of scanning and storing keepsake items, you do not want to lose them in a hard disk failure. The tape device is large enough to backup the entire system overnight, an operation you would want to do once a week/every other week.
We investigated color LCD monitors (space savings, an LCD monitor would be about 2 inches thick, the CRT above is about 17 inches deep) but feel that at this time they are still too new and not readily in supply. The cost of the LCD screen would be as much as the base system itself ($3,500-$4,000 for a 14 inch LCD display). We are not recommending this at this time.
• Scanner: Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 5Pse Scanner
• Digital Camera: Epson Photo PC 500
• Tape Backup Unit: TR4 SCSI TBU and tape (w/SCSI controller)
Total Price: US $4200
What cost $4200 in 1997 would cost $5218.48 in 2006. 10 years ago - state of the art was 64mb of RAM, 4gb hard disk. And cost five times what you would expect to pay today.
Nothing to add to that, just find it amazing sometimes.