Just been tinkering on yet another ( ! ) laptop for my friend's animal rescue place.
This one had a hard-disk that was on it's way out, so I ran to Best Buy yesterday to grab a new drive, and now it's finishing up all the Windoze Updates.
I bought a 500 GB Seagate drive for FIFTY BUCKS....think about that a second.
The first brand-new hard drive I ever bought was in December of 1996. Fry's Electronics was having an after Christmas sale, and I bought a Western Digital 1.6 GB drive for TWO HUNDRED BUCKS.
And that was a very good price at the time.
So, what this means is that the drive I bought has over two-hundred and fifty times the capacity for one-quarter of the price.
In other words, the "raw" price-per-bit has dropped by a factor of one thousand in the twenty years since I bought that first drive.
And the reliability and performance have increased by a great margin, too.
I haven't bought any memory lately, but the first memory I ever bought was sometime in 1995 for my son's first computer.
I paid $35 per MEGABYTE for it.
4 meg of memory cost me about $150 out the door back then, and IIRC it wasn't even EDO (Extended Data Output) memory, just "regular" FPM, or "Fast Page Memory".
Today, 4 GIG of memory is about $25 at Newegg, or greater than FOUR THOUSAND times cheaper.
And it's much faster memory, to boot.
I'm not sure if this makes me feel old or not......