The first computer I bought with my own money was a 486 from Gateway, and I paid about $2500 for it. I used that computer for years and years. So it blows my mind a little bit that computers have gotten so cheap.
How cheap are they? Well, that Linux-based computer I bought from Wal-Mart was $199. This past week I got stuck at one of those gas stations that is pretty much the only gas station nearby. The prices were so insane that I had to take a picture. This is what I saw when I pulled up to the gas pump:
That’s right, the highest octane cost $7 a gallon! Now to be fair, that was for 100-octane gas, but still — $7 a gallon?! Sheesh. The person before me had gotten 28.336 gallons of gas (which is a huge tank of gas), and they got the cheapest gas. If they’d decided to splurge on the $6.999/gallon gas, it would have cost $198.32.
So, would you rather fill up your gas tank, or would you rather have a new computer? Pretty wild.