The TS-1000 pictured here was my oldest computer. Not my first, mind you – I bought it at a garage sale for a laugh. And a laugh it was. Like the picture, mine not only had the 4KB of built-in memory, but the 16KB expansion module. At the time, 4MB was standard RAM on a new PC. Guess what, that’s now laughable.
I distinctly remember purchasing a 1.2GB external hard drive (SCSI no less!) to expand my overstuffed 120MB hard drive on my old PowerBook. At the time, I thought, I’d never be able to fill that. (iTunes didn’t exist, RealAudio was just appearing, and MPEG video was still at layer 1). Again, I look back and laugh. By comparison, my iPod is a clown car base – I’ve forgotten about more music on it than I actually listen to and I just keep dumping stuff in there. But I no longer think I’ll never fill it. I had a moment around the time I bought my Xbox 360 when I knew from day one that the included 20GB hard drive would not satisfy the expected life of the machine (let’s not count the 3 red-ring-o-death unit replacements). I still have an Xbox, but that 20GB drive has been full for a while. I no longer purchase my electronics with the notion that they could hypothetically fulfill their purpose indefinitely (assuming they were made out of indestructable unobtanium instead of dissolvable childrens’ multivitamins or whatever crap it is they make gadgets out of these days).
When or what was it that made you resign yourself to the notion that no matter how many gigabytes or gigahertz your new whatzit has, it’s a forgone conclusion that the specs will turn into limits that will force you to replace it?
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