||on at the time. IBM and several others are introducing similar
technology now some five years later, but the hardware of today is three generations
beyond what I was using then. It is also informative to note that the extra 16MB
SIMM I installed in that machine cost just over $1,200 and that same set of chips
sells for $39 today. But on the other hand, the voice activated software came as
part of the system at no cost and voice software of today, starts at about $175 and
climbs rapidly upward from there.
It is not necessarily by design, that software is constantly being renewed and revised.
The process of creating present day software relates directly to the increased capabilities
of a collective developmental process. Each new step forward is based upon the working
principles of the stuff we did yesterday, or last week. A few days ago I was going
over some software with a prospective client and pulled out some projects that were
four years old. In my memory, I was pretty proud of that work and felt they would
stand the test of time, but I was embarrassed to see them and notice how far I had
come since their creation. The challenge continues, each innovation, each clever
routine, each simple presentation style, move forward like a glacier, completely
unrelenting. The added power of modern processors and massively increased memory
capabilities, have left all of us standing in what seems like a very powerful wind
tunnel, one of our own making, for the hardware development is directly propelled
forward by the demands of the software creator and the hardware consumer.