Posted on: 2016-03-27 20:34:31.000
Well, Ptolemy is now approximately eight years old now and has served as AYB’s primary computer for the duration. That is simply ANCIENT in terms of the days of yore when OSY was in full bloom as the smam center of the Interwebs.
• Core 2 Duo 7400
• 4 Gig DDR 2
• Radeon HD 4830
• Various HD, none bigger than 500gig
• DVD RW
• Dual Gig Ethernet
• Windows Vista
Eight years before Ptolemy, it was the year 2000. In 2000, what was all the rage? The Athlon and Coppermine, apparently with Gefore2 and Radeon graphics, with maybe 128-256mb of ram...maybe moar..
AYB had a CuMine Celeron 533 OC’d to 850mhz, 256 Ram, and an All In Wonder w tuner.
Ah, those were the days! PCs were fast and rapidly improving. It seemed more of an actual frontier than it is now. If you wanted a case window to show off your shoddy cable management, dust, and kitch standing in for "industrial art", you had to take a dremel and cut one yourself. Nowdays, it’s hard to NOT find a case with a side-window. Also, black has indeed become the new beige.
Eight years before 2000? What did the technology look like?
SSDs were only in prototype form. the JPEG was just standardized, and the Almighty Alpha was announced
in other old news, remember the Computer Shopper? Here are some age-old articles.
the average PC was likely somewhere in the realm of a 486sx 25mhz machine with 2MB of memory and a 129MB hard disk, with a floppy drive. AYB has an old IBM right here in his office that fits these specs, coincidentally.
Eight years before 1992? That would be 1984, the year that launched a product that turned millions into mindless loons.
Think about the capability between the mainstream PCs of the turn of the new Millennium and 1992 and the capabilities of machines built in 2008 to today. 2008 machines can today browse the web, netflix, and play World of Tanks at low res with little difficulty. In the age of Pentium 3s, a 486 was grandma’s word processing machine, and little else...
anyway, hope you like the new rig. Hope AYB likes it too!!!!