sorath72
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Re: One Dollar Computer's Future

Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:16 pm

Me and my dad have been talking about one day having a one dollar computer sold right here in Canada.  Seeing a computer being 25 dollars it will only be a matter of time until you see a real computer, "maybe laptop?" inside a dollar store. Already you see laptops being sold with android and windows CE on it under 100 dollars. Its only a matter of time I think that it will go just like the calculator did. The calculator used to be 100's of dollars but came down to little as one dollar. I see the future of computers being really cheap. Affordable for all to enjoy computers around the world.

That's just my opinion. What is yours?

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Re: One Dollar Computer's Future

Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:23 pm

sorath72 said:


Me and my dad have been talking about one day having a one dollar computer sold right here in Canada.  Seeing a computer being 25 dollars it will only be a matter of time until you see a real computer, "maybe laptop?" inside a dollar store. Already you see laptops being sold with android and windows CE on it under 100 dollars. Its only a matter of time I think that it will go just like the calculator did. The calculator used to be 100's of dollars but came down to little as one dollar. I see the future of computers being really cheap. Affordable for all to enjoy computers around the world.

That's just my opinion. What is yours?



I agree that costs will come down - my first ever pc cost £1400, my latest laptop cost £429

and my android phone cost £69 and is effectively a minicomputer

now with the pi costing about £30 inc. vat - it does seem the only way is down - but I think it will take quite a few years yet

Actually your post has reminded me of: http://www.1729.com/blog/OneDo.....puter.html

I don't agree with everything he says but it an interesting read

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Re: One Dollar Computer's Future

Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:35 pm

Technically you don't have to buy a computer to HDMI to the TV. There is probably a computer in the TV already.

If predicting the future was just predicting technology it would be easy. But you have to predict what products will allow. That is hard.

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Re: One Dollar Computer's Future

Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:41 pm

I paid £70 in 1981 for a ZX81with 1Kb RAM

I paid £1250 in 1990 for an 8086 PC with 20Mb hard drive

According to http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/m.....-1900.html these translate to £236 and £2450

So the ZX81 was about 10x the price of a raspi... and the PC 100x the price!!!
Steve N – binatone mk4->intellivision->zx81->spectrum->cbm64->cpc6128->520stfm->pc->raspi ?

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Re: One Dollar Computer's Future

Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:52 am

In 1980 my Nascom 2 kit cost £295, which was a lot - and that was kit as in bare pcb and bag of ICs, transistors, etc, to be soldered in. And for that price you didn't get a case, a monitor or even a power supply. Sound familiar?

It was a great machine, though, and it started me on a path that led, in the fullness of time, to a master's degree in computer science and a job teaching computing and microelectronics. Needless to say, I've never been without a computer since.

Discovering computers and computing was fun, and I suspect that some of the spirit of those days of Nascoms, UK101s and the like is what lies behind Raspberry Pi. Hopefully a new generation of youngsters will have the chance to discover that there's more to computers and computing than Microsoft Office, Facebook and games written by other people.

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Re: One Dollar Computer's Future

Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:24 am

Here's your one dollar computer.

There's only 512 bytes of program memory and 32 bytes of RAM. It's also rather limited with regards to screen and keyboard.

But it costs a dollar.

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Re: One Dollar Computer's Future

Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:23 am

32 bytes of RAM, that should be enough for anyone

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