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On 2/12/11 2:04 PM, Robert Derman wrote:
Just so you all know, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM can now be purchased for $36. on the internet. In historical terms, that is indeed dirt cheap.

and how much would it cost to have that RAM shipped to Ethiopia? and how many computers around the globe are still in use that have a max of far less ram than 4GB, even less than 1024MB?
Also a 500 GB hard drive can now be purchased for less than $40., and a DVD burner for less than $20.
Your ISP is in River Falls, Wisconson, U.S.A. The per capita GDP in the U.S.A. according to 2010 CIA World Factbook charts was $47,400 USD. (

The per capita GDP in that chart for Ethiopia, for example (there are 15 countries with lower GDPs) is $1,000. Once you take into account the rich/poor divide that is rapidly growing wider in all non-socialized countries, the vast majority of Ethiopians live on far less than $1,000 per year. Visualize what kind of computer they might have, or might have access to in an internet cafe even in Addis Ababa. And if you put yourself in the skin of someone living in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe ($400 per-cap GDP), Cambodia ($2,000), Kenya ($1,600), India ($3,400) etc ... you'll see that spending $36 on RAM and $40 on a HD and $20 on a burner is truly out of reach for most of the world population. (and one must have a fairly recent model of computer to take advantage of "cheap" RAM and peripherals, as well)


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