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Dream Machine

We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby (#2)

I was cleaning out a drawer the other day, and – down at the bottom, in the back, I found this sales brochure. When I saw it, two words popped into my mind: “dream machine“.

Dell sales brochure, 1997

Yes. I said “dream machine”.

My P-II was only a 233. And RAM was so expensive, going from my 32 MB’s all the way to 64 was only a young(er) man’s fantasy.

And I would never have to delete files to make room on my hard drive.. who could fill a whopping 6.4 Gigs?

[a brief aside: An interesting (to me anyway) side note.. looking at the date – the end of 1997, and doing some quick math, 13 years. Makes me marvel at how time seems to be compressing. When I talk with older folks, they tell me 13 years is not all that long. When I talk with younger folks, they think 13 years is forever. Whichever. 1997 was long before the “Y2K bug” and the World Trade Center attack.. and so it surely qualifies as Ancient History. (Sigh)]

Related reading:
* Then and now– advances in tech*
* When bigger was better

(It’s OK. You can admit it. Looking at that changed your attitude about the price of a new computer.. didn’t it? Did for me. I had forgotten…)

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  1. I am quite young, and I still think that 13 years is so short. And life itself is also so short…


    Comment by Adrian | May 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Adrian,
      It is a fortunate person who – while still young – realizes time moves quickly.

      The main point I think I was trying to make is.. our world – especially tech – is rapidly changing/”evolving”. What was true 10 years ago is probably not so anymore (tech, again) and we need to try to keep up.
      (One example is our laws.. our law [and law makers] are terribly tech ignorant.)


      Comment by techpaul | May 12, 2010 | Reply

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