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Old 08-10-2013, 11:02 AM
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This is in reference to a thread I started about resurrecting old (~25 yrs) PCs and I decided to start a "then and now" comparison on how things have changed.

Let's see what you've got...

The original iPad before the "i"




The mouse has evolved beyond what I would have ever imagined back in 1987 (and I was impressed back then!)


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Old 08-10-2013, 9:24 PM
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PC's

My first (from 1993) was an Intel 486-50 mhz CPU, with a 1 GB harddisk and 8 MB of RAM. Cost was $1700 then.

Now, I've lost track of the latest CPU speeds and harddisk sizes are in the TB range and RAM in the GB range. Cost is $600 or so.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:58 PM
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So when you consider the technology advances and cost for the new technology today....shouldn't a Tesla S sedan be around $15,000? Wishful thinking I guess.... I guess I have to hang out for a 15 year old Tesla.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:20 AM
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The original "smartphone" was the IBM / Bellsouth Simon. I was a software engineer (3rd party developer) that worked on it:
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:40 AM
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Ha, my first computer in about 1987 was an Apple Mac 512e, which has 512KBof RAM, one disc drive and no hard drive... first external drive was 20MD for about $400 in 1989 or so... I don't even think about CPU speed or storage anymore.
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Old 08-13-2013, 8:23 AM
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Wishful thinking, for sure!

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So when you consider the technology advances and cost for the new technology today....shouldn't a Tesla S sedan be around $15,000? Wishful thinking I guess.... I guess I have to hang out for a 15 year old Tesla.
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Old 08-13-2013, 8:35 AM
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Ha! I started with a 386DX-33 PC
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:23 AM
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My first 'nice' car was a 1987 Acura Legend. It came with a deactivated car phone mounted in the center console (not a cell phone). I had no idea how to activate it or use it, so I just drove around with it to my ear, pretending to talk on it and feeling important.

Back then, a teen driver with a mobile phone seemed kind of cool. Now teen drivers on their phones are the most irritating thing I can imagine.

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Old 08-13-2013, 11:25 AM
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As a PC Gamer, I played Redneck Rampage, which was quite impressive in its day. Wing Commander was also quite awesome. Moving into the late 90's, Everquest looked great and played relatively lag free over a 56K connection.
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Still playing Doom2, duke3d, falcon 3, stunt driver etc all the old classics via DosBox
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the first computer system I worked with was a CDC mainframe that had been donated to the CalPoly EE dept. Programmed with punch cards in FORTRAN and run in batches on the hour, I hated it!

Then took some classes at Fullerton College billed as basic digital logic fundamentals using all those (then) newfangled logic chips. The instructor bought one of those Altair 8800 S100 bus micro computers as a class project.
I got to build the RSR232 (current loop) interface in order to hook it up to a TeleType model 33ASR so we could talk to the computer and load an 8k BASIC from paper tape (sold by a small company called Microsoft). Before you could even start the tape reader, you had to input a bootstrap program into the system via toggle switches on the front panel (in OCTAL)
Once you got BASIC to load you could load other programs that would allow you to interface with a converted TV monitor and keyboard too.

Loved the classes - loads of fun being able to program on the fly.

We also had some single board 6502 based machines we could play with as well.

I later bought a OSI Challenger C1P 6502 based kit to use at home. It had an 8k BASIC in ROM and a simple system monitor interface to drive an B&W TV at 64characters per line. (32 lines)
I added an audio cassette interface so I could store my BASIC applications on tape. And also added a RS-232 interface so I could use my own TTY for input/output as well.
Sometime later I bought a serial dot-matrix printer too.

They looked like this:


My next machine was a Morrow MD-2 that ran CP/M 2.2.
It was Z80 based with 64k of ram and booted from 5.25" floppy disk.
I/O was provided by an external VT100 type video terminal and it had a built in parallel interface for a printer, and an RS232 for a 1200baud modem. It was my first integrated system out of the box and one I used for many years learning to use early applications like spreadsheet, wordprocessor, and databases. Also started writing by own compiled apps using Borland's Turbo Pascal.

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You dang old timers! my first pc was a packard bell pentium 100mhz and upgraded to a 16mb ram. The first computer I really got to mess around with was my cousins packard bell 486 DX2/66. My school had a bunch of 386s but no pr0n allowed on those. Now i have an i7 w/ 12gb of ram that runs doom and c&c like a champ

I had the internet yellow pages book

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My first computer was an Atari 400 with a tape drive. I still have it somewhere.
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My first was a digital calculator and watch from national semiconductor. You know the ones with the red readout that you couldn't read in sunlight. Eventually upgraded to a 286 running DOS.

And finally AOL dial up with the original windows program.

Ah, the good old days!

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My first computer was an Atari 400 with a tape drive. I still have it somewhere.
Same here! I still have it in the garage.
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dont make me go find the Franklin Ace 1000.
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First computer I remember playing with.
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