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1996 - Mark III
June 18, 2014 - Dave Hecei
This will be the last of the 1996 MacWarehouse catalog pages. Old computer magazines and catalogs allow us to look back in time. It also really shows how, at least in the computer industry, prices go down instead of up. Something that doesn't happened in any other industry I know of.
In 1982, my first computer was a 16K Atari 400 with a cassette drive. This package cost me almost $800. My last Mac, a 2012 core i5 model with 500GB hard drive and 8GB of RAM. That one cost me just over $600. I couldn't even image how many Atari 400s it would take to equal the processing power of my Mac mini.
So back to 1996, floppy drives were still king, but they would soon be dying out. CD-ROMs were starting to take over, but CD-R (recordable CDs) were only just starting out. Blank discs were over $8 a disc and CD burners were well over $1000. The DVD was a few years away and the DVD-R even further out in space.
RAM was also extremely expensive in 1996. Most computers only came with 4MB or maybe 8MB of RAM. Another 4MB would run you almost $200, while an 8MB SIMM was almost $400. For the high-end workstations, you could install a 32MB SIMM, if you shelled out about $1200. In comparison, today you can get an 8GB - that's gigabyte not megabyte - for about $75.
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