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> When I first started working for Clyde Digital Systems in February 1987,
> I was surprised to see several bookcases full of science fiction and
> fantasy novels scattered around the programmers' area.
> I understood why when I learned that the six developers were all using
> one VAX 11/730 for all development work. The 11/730 was painful for a
> single user, but multiple builds? The guys would start a build, then
> kick back with a novel and read for an hour or two.
> I couldn't handle that for long, so I started---without
> permission---using the company's business-side VAX 11/750 for my
> development work. That flew by comparison, but was still a far cry from
> the VAX 11/785 I had been used to using at WKU.
Calculations I used to do in an overnight batch job on a VAXstation 3100
I now do interactively on a DS10. But other things I now do in
week-long batch jobs on the DS10, though they would be maybe an hour on
Itanium and perhaps on x86 I could do those interactively as well.
Yesterday while cleaning up around the house I found an add for a 15 MB
disk drive for $2000 or something, and another, somewhat newer, for a 60
MB disk drive "for when 30 MB just isn't enough" for about $3500. True,
that was before my computing time, but not much more than 20 years ago I
bought a 4-GB disk for about $400. Now a GB costs about 10¢. A GB of
RAM will cost more, but much cheaper than the DM 100 per MB we
calculated about 25 years ago.