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2001 (aka 11 years ago)

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Mark Holtz, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Mark Holtz

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    So, lets see here.... what has changed since 2001....
    * A 40GB hard drive would run you about $238.00. If you wanted 80GB, it would run you $518.00
    * Both DirecTV and Dish Network sold DVRs with 40GB hard drives... enough to record 35 hours of SD Programming.
    * Windows XP was the just-released Operating System from Microsoft, while Apple introduced OSX.
    * Internet Explorer was the most used browser, having about 85-90% of the Market Share. Netscape was dying, while Internet Explorer 6 was the latest version.
    * The MMORPG to play was Everquest.... or for those detractors... Evercrack.
    * 3G was part of Wired's Vaporware List for 2001. Also included was previous year runner-up and 2001's winner Duke Nukem Forever. It will win several more before being released in 2011 to much "fail".
    * A 128 MB DIMM PC-133 would cost you $59.39 at the beginning of the year. Waiting a few months would net you a 256 MB DIMM PC-133 for $49
    * Intel releases the 1.7 GHz Pentium 4 processor. Price is US$352 in quantities of 1000.
    * The big news was that a 15" LCD Monitor just dropped to $499.
    * The largest USB Thumb drive you could get was 512MB which set you back $326.34, A 16MB drive would cost you just $16.14. Good luck finding either one of those in 2012.
    * 2001 would see the first release of Lawrence of Arabia, The Superman movies, Big Trouble in Little China, Akira, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Shrek, Doctor Zhivago, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture on DVD
    * If you went to the theaters, you most likely saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Shrek, Monsters, Inc., and/or Rush Hour 2
    * Watching the 2001 Oscar telecast saw best picture being presented to Gladiator (beating out Chocolat, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Erin Brockovich, and Traffic)
    * While The Fellowship of the Ring was nominated for a Oscar, A Beautiful Mind ended up winning best picture at the 2002 Oscars
    * The Ravens beat the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. The following season, the Ravens were wild cards again, but got beaten by the Steelers, while the Giants didn't make the playoffs. The New England Patroits beat the St Louis Rams in the final seasons which each conference featured three divisions.
    * The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees in the November World Series.
    * Both NFL and MLB had altered schedules due to the 9/11 attacks.
    * The 2001 NBA playoffs had the Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Philadelphia 76ers. The following season, the LA Lakers swept the New Jersey Nets, but did not have the best record in the league. That would belong to the Sacramento Kings. Philadelphia was knocked out by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
    * Survivor: Outback was the most popular show of the 2000-2001 Television season, and when that show premiered, CSI was moved to Thursday Nights. Other popular shows were Everyone Loves Raymond, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, ER, and Friends.

    All that in 2001.... when DBSTAlk started!
     
  2. spartanstew

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    Point?
     
  3. TBlazer07

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    The point seems pretty obvious.
     
  4. TBlazer07

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    Back in 1980 (or 79 or so) I paid $680 for a FIVE MEGABYTE "Shugart" for my TRS-80 Model 1. Not so much the "dollars" but the increase in MB/$.
     
  5. Rich

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    Good memory, good post, very interesting. I was spending part of every day programming 12 VCRs in 2001. So much easier to program the HRs today.

    Rich
     
  6. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Exactly. It's common knowledge that computer related items get better and cheaper every year.


    PS. Die Hard came out on DVD in 1999.
     
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  8. Davenlr

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    I remember paying $1200 for an 80 megabyte full height seagate with a special controller to squeeze a few extra megabytes out of it, and putting it on my PCXT which was running PCBoard BBS software with a dialup 2400 baud modem. Amazing how far things have come.
     
  9. James Long

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    In 2001 DISH Network had it's first price increase on their base package, raising the price on AT40 from $19.99 to $21.99 and renaming it AT50. (AT100CD went up in price $1 to $30.99 - AT150 remained the same at $39.99 and AEP was introduced as a new package for $69.99.)
    Local channels were not available.

    Today AT50 is AT120 ($44.99 w/locals), AT100CD is AT200 ($59.99 w/locals) and AT150 is AT250 ($69.99 w/locals). AEP went up to $104.99 w/locals.
     
  10. TBlazer07

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    That's what this was for. It was one of the first hard-drive based BBS's in the country. Started around 1980 using "Forum-80" TRS-dos) software , After the TRS-80, when the PC came out we upgraded to TBBS "IBM" software and went multiline. Those were the good old days. Lasted a total of around 13 years. :)
     
  11. TBlazer07

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    And it's common knowledge that DirecTV raises their prices every year but look at the threads on that! :lol::hurah:

    The first commercially available VHS was “The Devil in Miss Jones”, a XXX'er that was sold to people in 1976 as they left the adult theaters in New York. Retail price was $95. I heard that from a friend.
     
  12. Mark Holtz

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    That's right. It was a non-anamorphic release. Corrected.
     
  13. Davenlr

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    I cant remember the name of the service, but I subscribed to this service where you called in to a local number, entered a "city code", and got a dial tone in a remote city, where you could dial in to local bulletin boards in that town without long distance charges. It even would let you download using Zmodem :)
     
  14. Rich

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    I guess if you could afford a VHS back then, they figured you could afford $95 for a movie.

    Rich
     
  15. The Merg

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    Sure ya did... :)

    - Merg
     
  16. Mark Holtz

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    I added some stuff about TV shows and sports.
     
  17. Rich

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    I have a friend just like his...he didn't like the movie.

    Rich
     
  18. cj9788

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    December 2 2001 was the last time I paid .99 for a gallon of gas, I remember because I was taking my wife who was in labor to the hospital. I saw the price and made a quick u turn to fill up the tank. Needless to say she was pissed about the stop.
     

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