Missing posters (was RE: How Moore's law stabbed us in the back)

Jeff Barr jeff@vertexdev.com
Thu, 3 Jan 2002 10:06:22 -0800 (PST)


Altair 8800, 256B.

Upgraded to 4K at a cost of over $200 (half a summer's
work at the then-minimum wage of $2.20).

Jeff;

> --- Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.Coar@Golux.Com> wrote:
>> Paul Prescod wrote:
>> >
>> > ThosStew@aol.com wrote:
>> > >
>> > > My first computer cost about $4000 and had all of 4, or was
>> > > it 8, megs of RAM.
>> >
>> > 4 megs? I would have killed for 4 megs of RAM!
>>
>> Heh.  *My* first one (all right, it was the school's) was
>> a Wang 2200A with a whopping 4K.
>> --
>> #ken	P-)}
>
> Most guys hype how "big" their toys are except when it comes to 2
> things...cell phones and how much memory their first computer had.
>
> Atari 800 - 48k
> Then I got the badass ST w/ 1 Meg for $999
> Thought I would never need more when I got the Gateway 386DX-20 w/ 4
> megs.
>
> Since then, I stopped paying attention, memory is basically free.
> Hell, are the "core" (mem/cpu/mb/drives) stuff is free these days.  My
> HEATSINK cost more ($60 + shipping from europe) than a lot of the high
> tech components in my box.
>
> By the way, I think cooling is where it's at.  You get a good design,
> patent that sucker, have to asian factory stamp them out to spec for
> next to nothing, sell them for $50-$75 a pop with no customer
> support/warranty issues to speak off except for the fan.
>
> Advertising...just give a few away to be tested at all the important
> hardware sites and your done.  Noise level, form factor and cooling,
> those are the metrics.  Maybe, if you really want the big $s, stamp out
> the same design but in a less radical color like black and strike an
> OEM/Workstation-Server type deal somewhere along the way.
>
> Someone go run with it...
>
> -R
>
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