The value of assembler language programmers [was RE: Algol vs Fortran was RE: VHDL vs Verilog]

geoffrey oltmans oltmansg at bellsouth.net
Thu Feb 11 11:16:00 CST 2010


This is a good point. I was comparing dollars in early 80's dollar amounts for the difference between the IBM and DEC offerings. There's significant different in the number, but as you indicate the difference is quite a bit more shocking when you put it into today's denominated dollars. Computers today are waaay cheaper than they used to be.





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Subject: Re: The value of assembler language programmers [was RE: Algol vs Fortran was RE: VHDL vs Verilog] 


> Ethan Dicks wrote:
> > For comparison, a "standard package" color IBM PC/AT (5170) w/dot
> > matrix printer and hard disk (larger than the Pro, admittedly) was $5K
> > at launch in 1985, IIRC.

$5,000 in 1985 is the equivalent of $9876.79 in 2008.[*]

I know we all realize that inflation is eating away at the value of
currency, but it really has picked up quite a bit in the last decade
such that even 1985 currency is quite different from today.

That just floors me because in 1986 I took out a $4,000 loan to get an
Amiga 1000 with dual flopppy drives and a monitor.  (I also got the extra
CHIP ram expansion thingy on the front.)

[*] http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi
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