All Grown Up

Back in 1983 my dad and I purchased our first computer. It was and Apple II Clone.

256k of memory, 2 (yes 2) 5 1/4 inch floppy disk drives and a monochrome monitor. This baby was state of the art back then. I was the envy of all the geeks in my class (all 4 of us). Later we upgraded this bad boy by putting in a 256k memory expansion card.

The first computer game I ever played was Alibaba and the 40 Thieves. You always remember your first game. Of course, there was a more serious use for the computer too. My dad ran Visicalc which was the first spreadsheet for personal computers.

But yesteryears computers don’t look anything like they do today. In fact, it has been over 15 years since I purchased my last PC (were a MAC family now). They are alive and well though especially in the custom gaming space.

I’ve recently been introduced to a new Youtube channel – First15. The channel is new, but this guy is all in.

Today he did an epic walkthrough of a Falcon Northwest gaming rig build. Let me tell you it was one bada$$ machine. But what struck me the most was the price. When all was said and done is was $7k.

Talk about sticker shock. The last PC I bought was $500 and that was 15 years ago. Now I know there is no comparison, but WOW! And trust me when I say that $7k was not the top end of what could be paid for top of the line.

So from where I am standing the PC has come a long way. In fact, it is all grown up. Not sure I will ever buy one again, but it is fun to see how far they have come and where they may go.