Moore’s Law! Maybe we’re about to hit its limits in a few years, maybe we aren’t, but for as long as we’ve been building computers, the roughly biannual doubling of computing power and storage for the same price has done remarkable things, not only at the Watsonian high-end, but in allowing consumers to buy $400 laptops with 4 GB memory and 500 gigs of storage. (Unless they’re Apple customers, of course.)

Ivan Smith highlights just how transformative the falling price of storage has been from 1981 until present day:

YEAR — Price of a Gigabyte

1981 — $300,000
1987 — $50,000
1990 — $10,000
1994 — $1000
1997 — $100
2000 — $10
2004 — $1
2010 — $0.10

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