My work-provided iPhone 4 is getting on in iPhone model years. It has 512 MB of RAM, which is twice as much as it’s predecessor the 3GS and four times as much as the original iPhone, but only half as much as the iPhone 5. For a three year old smartphone model, 512 MB is okay, though that’s not much at all by modern personal computer standards. Still, I find it interesting that 512 MB of RAM in my iPhone is 128 times as much as was in my family’s first Windows PC in 1990, and 256 times as much as was in that little IBM PS/2* that Neil Patrick Harris used to tap out a journal entry at the end of every episode of Doogie Howser M.D.
* IBM PS/2 as in the computer, not to be confused with later incarnations of gadgetry to be nicknamed “PS2.”
Originally published on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 9:54am
CBS News Sunday Morning has been around for as many years as I’ve been alive. Originally hosted by Charles Kuralt, and since 1994 by the similarly venerable Charles Osgood, it is a show best described as Sunday New York Times Arts & Leisure section meets 60 Minutes.
While I was growing up, my mother loved this show. She made a point of watching it every Sunday, as I’m sure she still does today (it’s been a while since we’ve talked about it). Invariably, it would be recorded on VHS for rewind and playback, or later viewing, as there were no DVRs in those days. Occasionally, she’d call my attention to some segment, pulling me away from whatever I was doing, or urging me until I watched the recording a little later. I hated this show, and didn’t particularly have a taste for any kind of “news,” so this was no different. I even vaguely recall Mr. Kuralt reading on-air, a viewer letter from the mother of a little girl “forced” to watch the show, referring to it as “the broccoli of the airwaves.” Continue reading →