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Old 10-25-2011, 09:36 PM
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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Originally Posted by Peregrine View Post
Agree. The entire OS Install was like 300MB!
I still have my Win98 SE CD. Would love to install it on my old computer after I get the new one set up. I can just imagine how much better it would run with the amount of RAM it has.

Originally Posted by MediocreButArrogant View Post
I used to browse the web on a Mac Powerbook Duo 230 with a whopping 4MB of memory. I had the "RAM Doubler" utility (poor-man's virtual memory) that made 8MB available to the system.

The browser I used was Netscape Navigator 1.0. This was about 16 years ago.
Isn't it funny? My mom's first system only had an 80mb hard drive. My first computer only had 32mb of RAM, and a 1gb hard drive. When I finally upgraded my system to one which had a 4gb drive, I was told it was all the space I would ever need. Yeah, right.
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:48 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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It's fascinating how far technology has come along, since I used to browse the web on 66 MHz 486 with 12 MB of RAM and a 2.4 kbps modem in 1996 (painful even then). When I upgraded to a new computer with a 150 MHz Pentium processor, 24 MB of RAM, and a 28.8 kbps modem that same year, it was like heaven. I used that to surf the web until 2001.

XP should run fine on 256 MB of RAM. That was the "standard" amount of memory when XP was released (many new computers then even had 128 MB of RAM). However, "modern" websites may be slow. When Windows 98 was released, 32 MB was the standard amount of memory, with some computers having 64. Flash ads and the new "smooth" interfaces that a lot of websites have taken on and the like take up a lot of RAM, though I'm personally used to having 12 or 16 tabs open at once.
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