An amazing decade in tech…

by Edwin on December 31, 2010

Now that we’re approaching the end of 2010 (and with 51 years until we get to the next “Arthur C Clarke novel” year) it’s worth taking a step back to consider just how quickly technology has advanced in the last decade. To call the pace of innovation “breathtaking” is, if anything, an understatement.

Here are a few “Then (early 2000) and Now (end of 2010)” comparisons to illustrate some of the changes.

A) PC (DELL)

Then: top of the range desktop PC came with a 600Mhz Pentium 3 processor, 64MB of RAM, a 10GB HDD and a 17″ monitor for US$1,299.

Now: top of the range desktop PC comes with a 2.8Ghz Core i7 930 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD (but no monitor) for US$1,099

B) MACINTOSH (APPLE)

Then: PowerMac G4/400 with 400Mhz processor, 128MB of RAM and a 20GB HDD for US$1,599

Now: iMac with 3Ghz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD, plus a 21.5″ monitor, for US$1,199

C) DIGITAL CAMERA (OLYMPUS)

Then: Olympus C-3030 with a 3.3 megapixel resolution, 16MB of storage, upto 400 ISO and weighing 380g. Street price approx US$999

Now: Olympus Stylus 14.0 with 14 megapixel resolution, 7x optical zoom, 829MB of internal memory, upto 1600 ISO and weighing 139g. Priced at US$139

D) TELEVISION (PANASONIC)

Then: Panasonic PT56WXF95 56″ rear projection TV with 720p resolution, priced at US$5,000.

Now: Panasonic TC-P65S2 65″ plasma TV with 1080p resolution, priced under US$2,600.

E) MOVIE PLAYING
Then: Apex AD-600A DVD player, priced at US$149

Now: Panasonic DMP-BD45 Blu-ray player, priced at US$115

F) NOTEBOOK PC (HP)

Then: HP OmniBook 4150 with 650Mhz mobile Pentium III, 128MB RAM, 18GB HDD, 14″ screen and DVD drive. Price US$4,299.

Now: HP Pavilion dv6t with Intel Core i3-370M 2.4Ghz processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6″ screen, priced at approx. US$599.

G) MUSIC ON THE MOVE (IPOD)

Then: iPod with 5GB of storage, 10 hour battery life, price US$399

Now: iPod Classic with 160GB of storage, 36 hour battery life, price US$249

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Edwin July 16, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Ok, so how far have we moved in the intervening 2 years, 7 months?

A) PC (DELL)
Then: top of the range desktop PC comes with a 2.8Ghz Core i7 930 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD (but no monitor) for US$1,099

Now: top of the range desktop PC comes with a 3.9Ghz Core i7-4770 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD (but no monitor) for US$799.99

B) MACINTOSH (APPLE)

Then: iMac with 3Ghz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD, plus a 21.5″ monitor, for US$1,199

Now: iMac with 2.7Ghz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD, plus a 21.5″ monitor, for US$1,299

C) DIGITAL CAMERA (OLYMPUS)

Then: Olympus Stylus 14.0 with 14 megapixel resolution, 7x optical zoom, 829MB of internal memory, upto 1600 ISO and weighing 139g. Priced at US$139

Now: Olympus Stylus VR-370 with 16 megapixel resolution, 12.5x optical z00m, 34.9MB of internal memory, upto 1600 ISO and weighing 172g. Priced at US$129

D) TELEVISION (PANASONIC)

Then: Panasonic TC-P65S2 65″ plasma TV with 1080p resolution, priced under US$2,600

Now: Panasonic TC-P65S60 65″ 600Hz plasma TV with 1080p resolution, priced under US$1,499

E) MOVIE PLAYING

Then: Panasonic DMP-BD45 Blu-ray player, priced at US$115

Now: Panasonic DMP-BD77 Ultra-Fast Booting Blu-ray Disc Play, priced at US$69.99

F) NOTEBOOK PC (HP)

Then: HP Pavilion dv6t with Intel Core i3-370M 2.4Ghz processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6″ screen, priced at approx. US$599

Now: HP 200t-2d00 with intel Core i3-3110M processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6″ screen, priced at approx. US$469

G) MUSIC ON THE MOVE (IPOD)

Then: iPod Classic with 160GB of storage, 36 hour battery life, price US$249

Now: iPod Classic with 160GB of storage, 36 hour battery life, price US$249

Edwin September 29, 2016 at 1:30 am

Ok, so how far have we moved in the intervening 3 years, 2 months since my previous update?

A) PC (DELL)
Then: top of the range desktop PC comes with a 3.9Ghz Core i7-4770 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD (but no monitor) for US$799.99

Now: top of the range desktop PC comes with a 4Ghz Core i7-6700 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 2TB HDD (but no monitor) for US$829.99

B) MACINTOSH (APPLE)

Then: iMac with 2.7Ghz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD, plus a 21.5″ monitor, for US$1,299

Now: iMac with 2.8Ghz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD, plus a 21.5″ 4K retina monitor, for US$1,379.99

C) DIGITAL CAMERA (OLYMPUS)

Then: Olympus Stylus VR-370 with 16 megapixel resolution, 12.5x optical zoom, 34.9MB of internal memory, upto 1600 ISO and weighing 172g. Priced at US$129

Now: Sony DSC-W800 with 20.1 megapixel resolution, 5x optical zoom. Priced at $89.99.

NOTE: The market for digital cameras has dried up with the rise of high-performance smartphone cameras. It was impossible to find a comparable model in the Olympus range to the one used for previous comparisons.

D) TELEVISION (PANASONIC)

Then: Panasonic TC-P65S60 65″ 600Hz plasma TV with 1080p resolution, priced under US$1,499

Now: Sharp LC-65N7000U 65″ 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, for US$999.99 (Panasonic has pretty much given up the large TV business)

E) MOVIE PLAYING

Then: Panasonic DMP-BD77 Ultra-Fast Booting Blu-ray Disc Play, priced at US$69.99

Now: Sony BDP-S1700 streaming Blu-ray player, US$64.99

NOTE: Panasonic has pretty much abandoned the Blu-ray player market, especially at the low end.

F) NOTEBOOK PC (HP)

Then: HP 200t-2d00 with intel Core i3-3110M processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6″ screen, priced at approx. US$469

Now: HP Pavilion with Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 6GB of memory, 1TB HDD, 15.6″ screen, priced at approx. US$469

G) MUSIC ON THE MOVE (IPOD)

Then: iPod Classic with 160GB of storage, 36 hour battery life, price US$249

Now: iPod Touch with 128GB of storage, 40 hour battery life, price US$399 (the iPod Classic is no longer manufactured)

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