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adept techlists - kazar wrote:
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.
My point here is that any new computers being built are unlikely to have less than 2 gigs, and most will probably have 4. The memory I quoted here is DDR3, which can't be used in older computers anyway, only brand new ones.
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?
Since nearly all computer parts today are made in The Peoples Republic of China, I doubt that anyone anywhere in Africa would have them shipped from California. There must be retailers in Africa who sell this stuff.
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. (
I am a retired computer system builder and my sole source of income is a government pension, so my income is a small fraction of that amount. The important thing as I see it is that 30 years ago the least expensive computers cost at least $1500. Today it is less than $300. Even while most everything else costs 2 to 3 times what it did 30 years ago. Another thing, and I am not saying that it is a good thing, but I have noticed that new software tends to be written for new computers. Most older computers end up running older software because they can't handle the requirements of most newer software.
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