10 November 2007

You gotta love technology

You can buy these on eBay for around $10 or less nowadays.

The first personal computer I ever saw was a handheld Radio Shack thing that you programmed in Basic. I think you could use it to store phone numbers and that was it. It was maybe $100 or so for one in the early 80s.

Hey, that was big money 25 years ago. Probably $105 in today's money. Or maybe less.


Ramblin' Ed said...

Good Lord! $3400 for a hard drive? Did people even make that much money back then? That's like the price of a car or something.

OK, I exaggerate, but still....

A.G.T. said...

It's pretty incredible, but like all technology it's pricey when it first come out, but then the market kicks in and competition drives the prices down. Capitalism at its best!

Fish-2 said...

Wow, ten whole megabites. I bought one of the USB portable memories for eight bucks the other day, and it is 256 MB.

It seems to be more in electronics than anywhere else in our society. Early television sets could cost as much as a new car, and they were crummy little black and white screen things. I remember when TI came out with the electronic sliderule. It was about $300, but within a couple of years it was ten percent of that.

A.G.T. said...

Yeah, do you remember the TV and Radio Repair Shops? Plus you could take your TV tubes to the drugstore and test them on the tube testing machine?

Geez... I'm getting old... fast! :-(