Anyway, prompted by a recent post where someone listed the specs of the various laptops she's owned, here's a trip down memory lane and the specs of the various PCs I've had at home :
|Year||Model / type||CPU speed||RAM||Main storage||Graphics||Network/comms|
|1982-1985||System-80||2Mhz Z80||16Kb||Approx. 150k Cassette||128x48/B&W||None|
|1985-1991||Microbee||3.5Mhz Z80||64Kb||380k 3.5" floppy disk||512x342/B&W||1200/75 baud Modem|
|1991-1996||Generic PC||20Mhz 386SX||1Mb||80Mb hard drive||CGA, I think (640x200 / 16 colour ?)||2400 baud Modem (later 9600)|
|1997-2000||Generic PC||66Mhz Mhz Cyrix||256Mb||2.5Gb hard drive||1280x1024 / 24-bit colour||28800 modem (later 56k)|
|2000-2004||Generic PC||400 Mhz Pentium III||512Mb||20Gb hard drive (80Gb later)||1600x1200 / 24-bit colour||512/128kpbs ADSL|
|2002-2004||Generic PC||2000 Mhz Athlon||512Mb||80 Gb hard drive||1600x1200 / 24-bit colour||512/128kpbs ADSL|
|2004-present||Generic PC||2000 Mhz Athlon||2Gb||480Gb on three hard drives||1600x1200 / 24-bit colour||2 Mbps cable|
 Australian TRS-80 clone.
 Wasn't fully bitmapped, though, so couldn't use that resolution fully.
 Built by kreggan :-)
To summarise: Everything is from 1000-100000 times faster/larger/shinier now than when I started with computers. It might seem that display technology has stalled a bit in the last few years, but that's because I haven't listed 3D performance in the table - that's where all of the recent gains have been.