January 22nd, 2002

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Your desktop PC specs in 2004

It will be interesting to see if this prediction, from CNN.com, turns out to be accurate. Currently, an 18" flat panel display costs about as much as the total price they predict for the system. I'm a bit surprised that they think the 1.44 Mb floppy will still be around; I haven't used mine for ages. And I note that the Mac is ahead of the curve with FireWire and DVD writers.

"Your desktop PC in 2004: Two years from now, your desktop system will be slimmer and trimmer. Flat-panel screens will replace bulky CRTs, and rewritable-DVD drives and fast graphics subsystems will turn your PC into a movie lover's dream.
CPU and RAM: 4- to 5-GHz microprocessor with 512MB of DDR memory and a 600-MHz system bus
Hard disk: From 300GB to 400GB on a Serial ATA bus
Removable storage: Rewritable DVD and -- yes -- the unsinkable 1.44MB floppy
Internet connection: Cable or DSL broadband if you're lucky; 56-kbps modem if not
Video: 3D graphics card with 128MB of video RAM
Display: 18- to 21-inch flat-panel LCD screen capable of 1600 by 1200 resolution
Ports: USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
Input devices: Wireless (Bluetooth) mouse and keyboard
Operating system: Some version of Windows (you expected Linux, perhaps?)
Other: An 802.11b wireless network designed for users with more than one PC
Price: $1,500 to $2,000"