A COMPARISON OF PERSONAL COMPUTER OF 20 YEARS AGO AND THE PERSONAL COMPUTER OF TODAY By:Liz Rey
Have you imagine yourself carrying a bulky personal computer in a board meeting? Sounds ridiculous right?
Now, lets compare the Apple Powerbook of 1992 and compare it to the 2012 Mac Pro and take into consideration the following factors: Processing speed RAM Screen Weight Hard drive Weight Price Connectivity
Apple Powerbook 20 years ago: • The PowerBook 180 was the first portable Mac with a 4-bit active matrix display. With a 33 MHz CPU and improved screen, it replaced the PB 170 and was in very high demand through its life. • Like the PB 160, the 180 has a video out port supporting an external 13" to 16" monitor. With the PB 160, it was the first PowerBook to support an external monitor (using Apple's proprietary VID-14 connector and an adapter) and the first PowerBook to support more than 8 MB of RAM.
The PB 180 reintroduced SCSI Disk Mode to the PowerBook line, a feature previously found only on the PB 100. with all early PowerBooks, when buying used be sure it has all the memory you need (new PB RAM is getting more difficult to locate, especially at reasonable prices). The PB 180 has a 14 MB memory ceiling, although you can go beyond that by using Virtual Memory (slow and free) or RAM Doubler (faster, not free, and discontinued). Another option is RAM Charger 8.1, which offers better memory management than the Mac OS.
introduced 1992.10.19 at US$4,110; discontinued 1994.05.01 requires System 7.1 to 7.6.1, supports Mac OS 8.1 with Born Again CPU: 33 MHz 68030 FPU: 68882 performance: 4.5, relative to SE; 0.54, Speedometer 4 ROM: 1 MB RAM: 4 MB, expandable to 14 MB using a special 85ns pseudostatic RAM card display: 9.8" 640 x 400 77 ppi 4-bit active matrix video: 512 KB VRAM, VID-14 port, supports 8-bit external video at 512 x 384, 640 x 400, 640 x 480, 800 x 600, and 832 x 624 with video adapter 80 MB or 120 MB hard drive standard ADB slots: 1 port for keyboard and mouse serial ports: 2 DIN-8 RS-422 ports on back of computer Now here are some details……
amSCSI ports: HDI30 connector on back of computer proprietary modem slot Gestalt ID: 33 Size (HxWxD): 2.25" x 11.25" x 9.3" weight: 6.8 pounds power supply: M5651 - 19W, 2 amps Powebook 180 Details…
2012: MacBook Pro Highlights: Product Features 2.4 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 Processor 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM 500 GB Hard Drive, 8x DVD/CD SuperDrive 13.3-Inch LED-backlit Display, 1280-by-800 Resolution, Intel HD Graphics 3000 Mac OS X v10.7 Lion, 7 Hour Battery Life
Pros: *Excellent support. *Well packaged. * Well built, with close attention to details in workmanship. *Backlit keyboard. *Fast processing speed. *Fast bootup. *Flawless operating system. *Good sound quality. *Easy to use touchpad, with good control over cursor. *Durable. *Excellent screen display/color resolution. Cons: 2012: MacBook Pro -Some users report shorter battery life. -Screen may be prone to scratching. -The only 2 USB ports are rather close together.
Now, we can conclude that as time flies by, a lot of innovation was made, great ideas and discoveries came up, especially in the computing industry. Today, we can prefer to have an easier life, work and business with the aid of these tools What more can we ask more……