I know that in a couple of years I'll come back and read this post and wonder what the big deal was. Still, for this one moment I want to bask in this very strange feeling. It is the feeling of being experienced in terms of today's technology. It is the feeling of being young enough to still feel awe for today's technology. It is the feeling of accomplishment that I get to bask in the fruits of this technology. It is an eagerness to see what will come next.
This isn't a "I walked to school five miles up-hill both ways" reminiscing in the sense that I think kids have it easier these days. It's not like that at all. I'm just sitting here with a shit-eating grin on my face looking at my new toy and imagining what the next ten years will bring.
I remember 5 MEG hard drives listed in Byte magazine for $5,000 when I was in high school. I remember my first laptop, which had two floppies and no hard drive. I remember paying $270 for a 20 MEG drive when I was in college. I remember when 256 color VGA was cool. I remember paying $500 for 4M of RAM in 1990. (Take a blast from the past!)
I remember it fondly, and when I think of where we are today all I can do is smile.
My quad-core G5 cost less than the first IBM PC. The 4G of memory I bought for it cost less than the 4M I bought in 1990. The 500G hard drive I'm holding cost less than my first 40M, and will be a LOT quieter!
Isn't that cool? 🙂