I guess the younger you are, the less this post may resonate.
Computers and computing gadgets and software is staggeringly cheap. Yes, games, but practially everything. I recently bought Sony Vegas HD 11 video editing software. It does EVERYTHING, and it cost under £100, as I recall. I’ve spent more than that on getting my boiler serviced. This is software that I could use to run an entire video editing business. It’s mad.
I also bought an external 1 terrabyte back up drive yesterday for £45.
FOURTY FIVE POUNDS for a TERRABYTE.
I need not remind you that a terrabyte is over 1,000,000 megabytes, which is a million zipped copies of war and peace. And I got a device that can store all that for less than the price of a tank of petrol. This is staggering.
Meanwhile, to compensate, the rest of the world gets stupidlty expensive. I just bought a 990mm by 395mm piece of 2mm thick polycarbonate (plastic) and it cost me £27 including tax and delivery. Madness. Getting a drain unblocked cost me over £100.
We live in strange times indeed. Everything is so expensive its a wonder people can afford to live, and yet anything encoded digitally is so cheap as to be laughable, and the technology that would have been dismissed a decade ago as a pipe-dream is now practically disposable. As an IT engineer I worked on 30MB hard drives you could practically crush a car with. You now wouldn’t bother buying a hard drive below a terrabyte, and you could put that in a large pocket.
If only all this crazy advances in computing tech co0uld be applied to making this stuff cheaper. Insulation FTW.