Technology has come a long way

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  1. Joe Moore

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    This 1980 circular shows a 15 Megabyte Hard Drive for the low, low price of $2495.00. that's not all, the installation kit will cost you a measly $495.00. Wow, just...Wow.

    Adjusted for inflation the drive would cost $6336.45 and the installation kit would cost $1257.13.

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  2. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Now that's a deal!
     
  3. FreshDebesh

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    To be fair, having a 15Mb Hard drive in 1980 is like having a Terrabyte drive now.
     
  4. Joe Moore

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    Actually, I'd say it's much easier and affordable to get a Terrabyte now than it was to get 15MB in 1980.
     
  5. RandomFerret

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    That's a steal. If you had a 15-meg computer in 1980, then I'm surprised you're reading this, Mr. Goldfinger. I heard you were dead and a fictional character.
     
  6. Primevil

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    It's almost crazy that a hard drive that small (not back then, but now) used to be so expensive. Like you said, Joe, technology has come a long way.

    On a related note, I was really surprised when I learned that Super Mario Bros. was on a 40 KB cartridge. I can make Word Documents bigger than that! I also remember when game companies made a big deal about the new games being on 16 meg cartridges. And graphics quality was measured in "bits".

    Back then it was amazing, but now, it's just funny.
     
  7. FreshDebesh

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    I'd have to agree. I also remember in the late 80s, my friend's dad got a computer with like 8 megs of RAM and this kid asked him "Oh my God, what are you gonna do with all that ram?"
     
  8. Blunticon

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    You could've got down on some Orgeon Trail with that fo sure.
     
  9. Motor_Master

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    Back in college I had the entire game collection for the atari 2600 and 7800 plus the emulator on two floppy disks. I wonder if I still have those disks??
     
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    :lol  , that made me piss my pants
     
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    Sometimes I like to think how neat it would be to go back in time with something small like a flashdrive and just wow them all as the future man.
     
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    Too bad they wouldn't be able to read it.
     
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    I remember when PC's needed 4 megs of Ram (XMS and EMS memory!) to run Doom, and that was in the 90's.
     
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    I think my first pc only had 512kb of ram, a 70 megabyte hard drive and a whopping powerhouse of a 25mhz processor. :lol 
     
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    Holy shit dude! Thanks for the tip! I just ordered two of these! My computer is going to be straight pimpin once I upgrade my RAM to 16k!
     
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    I think it would be funny to see the reaction of people in the 60's with huge record collections tinker around with an ipod.

    I can't wait for the day when I can play a huge library xbox, ps2, and gamecube games stored on a handheld device. It will be my "retro throwback" when I am 47.
     
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    Go back with a Playstation or some other console like that and wow them with 3d graphics. Probably give em a heart attack. XD
     
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    Wasn't there a quote from Bill Gates along the lines of 'I can't see why anyone would ever need more than 15 MB.'? I may not be right on, but I know I'm close.

    I used to run a C64 emulator as my dad had one when I was growing up. It made me laugh that it took 2/10 of a second to download games I used to play. I also have one of those Atari joysticks that plugs into the TV and plays 20 Atari games.

    Yes, being able to go back to the 80's with some select current tech/media would be fun.
     
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    It was "640k ought to be enough for anybody." 15mb, that is just crazy, you are crazy.

    Of course, snopes tells us that he never actually said that, but if he had said it, he would have been absolutely right because there was not a single civilian computer program that used more than that at the time.
     
  20. Night Flame

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    I remember buying a memory upgrade card for my Apple IIgs that was about the size of two current PCI cards lined up end to end and twice as tall. We filled it with "expansion chips" in order to increase the amount of RAM in the computer to one entire megabyte. Even the salesman at the time said, "You've got to be crazy. Nobody's ever filled one of these with chips before. What could you possibly do with all that memory?"

    I ended up using it as a RAMDisk and stored ALL my programs in active memory. Apple OS Version 1, FTW! Appleworks rocked smooth in one meg of RAM bitches.

    Now to load up a word processor I need a gigabyte of RAM to even think about it. I have more memory on my keychain than I did in my entire house back then. Technology is scary fast.
     

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