Like Rs. 5,000, for a desktop PC. And like Rs. 7,000 for a monitor. Crazy. I remember when PCs used to cost thousands of dollars. I mean, it’s basically the same PCs, for sale on Galle Road 5 years later. But still.
I’ve been walking around a lot and you keep running into awesome stuff. For example, Taprobane Computers on Galle Road. We need a computer for office but I had no idea prices had got this cheap. I haven’t used Windows for about two years (staying strong) and I’ve been off desktops for longer than that. I use an iMac but that’s more of a 2001 monolith than anything else. Hence, I was surprised that desktop PC prices have fallen so low.
A keyboard costs Rs. 200 now?
I have no idea where these Taprobane PCs are from. They don’t look new. They clock in at like 1.8-2.8 Ghz with 512-1GB RAM, 40-80GB hard disk. I mean, I have a video camera (now, thanks D) with a 250GB hard disk and phones clock faster, but these things run Windows XP and seem to work. They also kinda nostalgically crummy, like using a typewriter.
When I was in Montreal I remember investing in and worrying over a PC, but now they cost less than phones, at least used. And people don’t seem to desire them that much either. Once you get to a certain point and you’re doing certain tasks I don’t see that much value in the newest or latest PCs. Once you do get to that point (editing video, photos) then you might as well get a Mac. So we’ll compare some prices, but I think the first office PC (for YAMU) will be some poopbox from the street, AKA five years ago. I swear, the Colombo streets are a time warp sometimes.