Writing about technology for posterity

My last post contained some technical details about my laptop and its memory configuration. If that post is still accessible on the web years from now – as is my intent – I have to assume it will sound absolutely ridiculous.

To illustrate what I mean, let's revisit an old email message. I have archives of email dating back to 1991, and I occasionally browse them for grins and nostalgia. Here is a message my friend sent me in 1994:

From: mbp@…
To: league@…
Subject: Argh.
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 1994 18:19:50 -0400 (EDT)

[person] just showed me his new toy. A notebook, with active matrix color VGA screen 500 MB hard disk, internal 14.4K FAX/modem, and… get this… 486DX4/75 CPU. Puppy weighs less than 7 lbs. And is literally the size of a notebook. Amazing color, etc., etc. He said something about $6000, and I'm pinching pennies to even CONSIDER a $150 modem. (or a $150 or $250 CPU)
Ah, those halcyon days when we were impressed by a 7 pound laptop for 6 grand. Progress, eh?

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