Date: 22nd April 1995. Scenario: Jake's so excited about taking delivery of his first computer he borrows his mum's car and drives 200 miles to collect it himself. From the "delivery" note I signed ten years ago today (which I've kept as a memento and happened to uncover by accident last week) here's the spec of that PC:
- PTM5D66 PR 256K 1.4 700M 8MB A592
- MS DOS VER:6.0 3.5" WITH MANUALS
- MS WINDOWS VER 3.1 3.5" COMPLETE
- CM1438T .28 14" VGA MONITOR
I can't remember exactly how much it cost but remember it being most of that year's Student Loan. Check that spec out though! Woh. P66 processor with a 700MB HDD and Windows 301. Not forgetting the eight megs of RAM! Which, at the time, was enough for the guy who took my order to question my need for it. How times have changed. I now have a PC with more RAM than that computer had HDD space.
The reason I
wanted needed so much RAM was AutoCAD 12, which I was heavily in to using at that point. At the time I thought CAD would be my career (more on that) and so needed as much RAM as I could get. A year later I upgraded it to a whopping 16MB at the additional cost of £190. That's £23 per MB. Now you can pay as little as £0.07 per MB!!