July 19, 2010
[[A man is going through a cardboard box marked “MISC”, and finds a catalog. A woman looks on.]]
Man: Check it out – old
! Wow – in 1996, $3,000 would get you a 100 MHz Pentium system with a parallel port,
serial ports, a 2MB video card, and “MS-Windows”
[[The two are face-to-face, and they each have a separate copy of Computer Shopper.]]
Woman: And $299 would get you a Palm Pilot 100- – 16MHz, 128Kb storage, and a memo pad, calendar, and state-of-the-art address book that can store over 100 names!
[[The man continues to read from his.]]
Man: And $110 would get you a bulky TI graphing calculator with around 10MHz CPU, 24Kb RAM, and a 96x64-pixel B
Woman: Times sure have… …have… uh.
[[They both put down their catalogs.]]
Man: Okay, what the hell, T.I.?
Woman: Maybe they cost so much now because there’s only one engineer left who remembers how to make displays