A very nice thing about enjoying illness (my neighbor was home sick for ten days with this thing) is only surfacing every now and then to check the obituaries and being disappointed then crawling back under the covers. During one moment of delirium or was it hunger, I stopped in at MicroCenter and selected the parts to make a new computer. It took a while to put it together, laying down frequently slowed progress. Today it is up and running.
Every time I build a new one I am wonderfully happy (and surprised) at the progress of the computer industry. Speed is always the big one, size of components is another and how much more is crammed into to those little packages. Thinking back to the late nineteen eighties and the 286/386/486 machines, one hundred dollars per meg of memory and chunky black and white or green images on monitors makes me happy to see how we have progressed.
The sales person helping me with motherboards was in his twenties. The earlier era was before he was born. He was happy to talk to me, and others, about how we got to today in electronics. He did refer to us as hobbyists, rather cheeky he is. We were doing our jobs in life and were too cheap to buy the HP, IBM, Apple and other machines which were pre-made. We also do things to our computers that the manufacturers do not allow done to those. But things like overclocking we have been doing from the first chip on.