Baidu, the largest search engine in China, and many other companies suspended their entertainment businesses on April 21st for the day to participate in the China national day of mourning to remember the victims of the earthquake in Qinghai. The earthquake took place earlier last week and today the death toll reached 2,039 dead. 195 other people were missing.
My first personal computer was a Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80 Model III. I got it when I was very very “young”. Just ordered my new Dell XPS 9000. I think it would be interesting to see how technology has evolved from my first to my most recent personal computer. Hope my math is right. Component : TRS-80 Model III : XPS 9000 : Delta RAM: 16 KB : 12 GB : +75,000,000% CPU clock speed: 2.03 MHz : 2.66 GHz : +131,034% Monitor Size: 12 in : 24 in : +200% Storage: 356 KB Floppy Drive : 2 TB Hard Disk : +280,898,876% Cost: $999: $2,500 : +250% (Inflation ignored) There were also other interesting facts about personal computing at that time using the TRS-80 as an example. The monitor was Black and White. There were no bit-mapped graphic although we were quite creative with character-based graphic. Screen resolution was 64 x 16 characters. The floppy disk was 5.25 inches in size. Hard disk was not available until a later time. Mass storage was external cassette tape. There was no such thing as pointing device (i.e. mouse). Windows 1.0 has not been invented until a few years later. There were […]