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We live in the future. Recall the first time you used a 32-bit… - delta_november

Dec. 27th, 2007

10:24 am

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We live in the future.

Recall the first time you used a 32-bit machine.  Recall thinking "32-bit math seems like a good idea, but the moby is impractically large.  24 bits would be fine."

I bought an extra 2 GB of RAM for my laptop yesterday.  Half a moby.  I paid $69.  Madness!

The first RAM I recall buying with my own money cost $85 for a 1 MB SIMM.  That would have been around '92, so add in 15 years of inflation to make that cost even more in real terms.

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From:awfulhorrid
Date:December 27th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
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I bought a 512 KB "chip" for my Amiga 500 in 1989 for something like $350. This maxed out the machine for a grand total of 1MB of RAM! (I actually had to look up the chips because that just didn't sound right ... could it really have been that little bit of memory? Yes, apparently it could. Although I do note that a chip was available for the A500+ that could expand the RAM up to 2 whole MB. Wow.)

Of course I didn't have a HD until I bought an A3000 in 1991 ...
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From:delta_november
Date:December 28th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
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Hm. In 1989 I'd guess that a 512 kB RAM upgrade would be a handful of chips. Maybe 4?

I can remember in 1995 or so buying 128 kB chips to load into my video card. 1.5 MB of RAM with a 50 MHz graphics processor. A big deal, in the day :).
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From:awfulhorrid
Date:December 28th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
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For a PC, probably, but for the Amiga 500 it came as a single board preinstalled with the chips. (I don't recall how many or the configuration.) It slid into a port on the bottom of the computer behind a removable panel. It made my computer a hot setup because I could copy the contents of an entire floppy disc to the RAM drive and run everything from there. With no HD, that was a significan improvement in speed over running everything from the floppy drive.
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