@srol @chr yeah things moved FAST in those few years. I started working in a small PC shop in late 1994, just at the dawn of people starting to buy Pentiums but plenty of 486es still going out the door too. Two years later and most everything from then was pretty much junk.

It was pretty normal then for someone to just name a specific game when you asked them what kind of specs they needed.

I'm still a bit shocked by how long our computers tend to be "current" for these days.


I still have machines from 2012 in regular price today doing their jobs just fine, using the current release of Debian.

I would have thought it absurd to try and use the 386 I got in 1990 on a regular basis in 1997 (would windows 95 even run on it?). I actually think that is a great thing, and I hope some day we can make mobile devices follow the same path.

@srol @chr

@msh @srol @chr oh, totally with you. I replaced my main work PC recently, since it started to behave a little oddly - powering down without cause, general weirdness.

I realised when I was ordering the replacement that it was an i7 from 2009. Not too shabby.

Windows 95 needed a 386 DX40 with 4MB minimum. I recall this because there was a great quote about this spec from MS, something like "if you're happy with Windows 3.1 performance on your DX40, you'll be happy with Window 95 on it."

@mike @srol @chr still sometimes surprised that i can do half-decent development on my ThinkPad Yoga S1 which only has 8G RAM.

BUTTT, after i upgraded the firmware, i somehow upgraded the CPU from i5 to i7, so 🤷‍♀️

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