January 31, 2005

  • I'm on the email list for the Wal-Mart Wire, and it's simply amazing how cheap electronics are becoming.

    A 4.1 mp digital camera for $179.  I recall spending $400 or so on a 2 mp camera five years ago for Kirstin and Matt, hoping they'd take scads of pix of the upcoming baby (our Bethie) and email 'em around. 

    That never worked out. 

    A scanner/copier/printer combo for $79.  A 7" portable DVD player for $149.  A DVD recorder for $160.  Not a DVD player, which now can be had for $40 or so, but a DVD recorder.  A 15" laptop computer for $798.

    I recall when calculators were first invented (yes, that's how old I am...it's depressing).  They were generally larger than most of 'em now, and went for at least a couple of hundred dollars.  Now I've bought 'em for a buck, and they're occasionally freebies.

    Dmitry's hoping the price of Nintendo Gamecubes fall soon, as he's trying to save toward one.  There's some gadget one can attach to it which permits the playing of Gameboy Advance games on the TV. 

    Wouldn't be a bit surprised if it happens.

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  • Moore's Law was discovered a couple decades back. Moore's Law states that every 18 months on average, the amount of computing power doubles while the cost halves. And these days, it's the electronics that constitutes the cost of these items -- the cost of the metal boxes it comes in and the little gears that make the disks spin around and so forth is insignificant.

    My hubby informs me, however, that we're bumping up closer to the practical limits of Moore's Law now, barring some major technological breakthroughs, so this will not continue indefinitely.

  • Well, skunkers.

    I liked Moore's Law a lot. 

  • Aha!  Another idea for a blog entry!  I'm an equal opportunity stealer for my blog.

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