Augie’s First Computer

Less than a year out of college, I finally purchased my own computer with my own money.  Previous to that, I had been using an IBM Aptiva I bought at CompUSA a couple years earlier that I had paid for most of, but that my parents helped to fund.  (Let me tell you, that 133MHz processor was a screamer!)

On February 10, 1999, I bought a Gateway.  And just today, I ran across the receipt for it.  Check out these specs and prices:

My First Gateway Computer

My First Gateway Computer

The most painful part is probably the $550.00 I spent on a 19 inch monitor.  It wasn’t an LCD display, either.  (Here are the full specs.)  My next computer about two or three years later would have that.

The computer, itself, was $1666.00.  When I think about what that kind of money will buy in an iMac today, it’s crazy.  People complain about the expense of Macs, but look at what I got for $2600 12 years ago.  It wasn’t top of the line at the time.  For $2600 today, I could get the top of the line iMac with a 27″ screen.

Yes, I include the price of the printer in there, because the iMac I’m typing this up on right now came with a free printer/scanner/copier/fax machine combo unit — after $99 rebate!

Still, there was nothing cooler than the assemblage of brown boxes with black cow spots arriving at the office, was there?

One thought on “Augie’s First Computer

  1. Reminds me of the Dell I got for two grand back in 1999. I had to pick it up at UPS, and the many boxes left no room in the car at all for anything other than myself and my 6-year-old daughter. That was a crazy night, but what a thrill to hook it all up and everything actually worked!

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