Computing in 2004 vs. 2011

This post refers to tuaw.com

Chris Rawson of TUAW talks about how his computing habits have changed since 2004, when he was rocking his decked out PowerBook G3:

CPU:

  • PowerBook G3: 233 MHz G3 CPU, Geekbench score 122

  • PowerBook G3 upgraded: 500 MHz G4 CPU, Geekbench score 292

  • iPad 2: 1 GHz A5 processor, Geekbench score 750

He goes through all the specs, but you get the idea. I realize that this computer is actually from 1998 and not 2004, but it still shows how far we have come. I love when Alex Lindsay of Pixel Corps talks about how the computer he edited Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace on was less powerful than the iPhone 3G.

I think about the mid 90s when we got our first computer with a CD-ROM and a few years later when we got our first computer with over 1 GB of hard drive space. Now you can have 2,000 GB of hard drive space for under $100. The phone I carry in my pocket is more powerful than every computer on every Apollo spacecraft combined.

Non-tech people like to speculate about where we will be in 10 years, but from now, but looking how far we have come in 10 years, I think it’s impossible to predict.