For those of us who have been using computers for a long time, it has always an issue: the cost of memory. I started using computers in late 1983 when I bought an Apple IIe. It had a whopping 64k of memory that was upgradeable, but not cheaply, to a whole 1 MB. Whoa, that, along with the external floppy disk hard drive and an 80 column (of text) card made it pretty useful for writing and a few text-based games.
Later, maybe it was on a 286 PC, I had 40MB of memory and there was talk that was probably all anyone would ever need. That was true for the software available at the time, but these days try to do anything with that. It was a long held belief among many computer buffs that the only really limiting factors in computers were disk speed and available memory. Of course, software development was critical as well.
A few days ago I went over to Costco and picked up a three pack of flash drives. (see picture). Each one has 16 Gigabytes of memory, with 15 MB per second transfer speed. That’s plenty of speed for a flash drive, but it’s the amount of memory that blows me away. The three of them cost me $40 bucks. That’s an amazing 83 cents per GB! Memory has never been so cheap. Plus these are handy little gadgets to have around for sharing and transferring files.