Saturday, August 04, 2007

A tale of two laptops

Twenty years ago this month I bought my first computer. It was a Tandy, model 1420LT. It was a laptop. It cost $1,600. Which was a lot of money back in 1987. A lot for me ... considering that I lived on about $5,000 a year while in college.

It wasn’t a great computer, but it served me well for five or six years. I ran a bootlegged copy of WordStar and wrote at least fifteen plays on it and my graduate thesis.

It was supposedly a laptop, but it rarely left my desk. It weighed 14.7 pounds.

imageSince that time I’ve had two other computers that I’ve purchased for myself. My desktop, which was a refurb from Dell, and then five years ago I bought my second laptop, they one I’m typing this on right now.

Today I bought a new laptop online at Dell. The model? 1420. Yes, twenty years later and I’ve stumbled onto the same model number as my first laptop.

The biggest thing I did when purchasing this computer was opt for some style. My laptop has become an accessory, and since it is often found on my lap, I thought it should look good. I opted for an upgrade and chose a colored case ... “Espresso Brown”, which I’m hoping I can tell people is called “70% Cacao.”

Where my first laptop had 640K of ram (and only a dual disk drive, no hard drive), this one has 2 gigs of ram. These sorts of advances don’t make my writing any better, but it sure helps with the digital photos. And of course I’m not bootlegging my software any longer.

Oh, and the price this time ... $1,600 (give or take a few). The more things change, the more they stay the same.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:02 am     Curious News

  1. I’m shocked you didn’t opt for the red one.

    I suppose, since it’s yours, you can call the color anything you want. I might go for “rich, corinthian leather” but I understand your candy bent.

    The good news is ... you’re happy with your new purchase! I hope it serves you well.

    Comment by Russ on 8/05/07 at 11:47 am


  2. I’ve been trying to rationalize getting one of these since I saw that Dell is now offering them in colors (I could use one in the first place but that just kind of pushed me closer to the edge :D ). I’m having a hard time picking between the blue and the brown. Let us know what you think when it arrives!

    Comment by Heather on 8/08/07 at 11:10 am


  3. Numbers don’t jive you paid $1600 when you made $5000.  A did you live at home or free college tuition?

    Comment by Whit on 9/24/07 at 5:01 am


  4. Hey Cy!  Looking forward to NaNoWriMo again this year.  Where did you get the countdown in your sidebar?

    Comment by Scott on 10/11/07 at 5:15 am


  5. Dude you should have bought a Mac grin

    Comment by SCOTT on 10/19/07 at 8:31 pm


  6. Scott - the little countdown is a custom script I had someone make for me. I can email it to you. I have no idea if it actually works on anything other than Expression Engine though. (I can customize it to say anything, on Candy Blog it counts down/up other things.)

    Comment by Cybele on 10/25/07 at 8:07 am


  7. What’s wrong with bootleg software? J/K

    Comment by Sync Computers on 2/05/08 at 6:18 pm


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