Consumer Electronics Show 2005

Sandisk 8-GB Flash Card

I saw this in the Sandisk booth:

It is an incremental increase, yes, but I had never seen an 8-GB Flash card before.

What's funny to me about this is that my son (age 7) uses my wife's "old" laptop as his computer. The laptop is four years old. For what my son needs to do (looking at the Web, playing games, sending e-mail, writing, drawing, viewing his digital photos, etc.), this laptop is completely acceptable. In fact, it would be acceptable for most "normal" users. This laptop has a 4-GB hard disk. Now (just four years later), you can buy a tiny Flash memory card with twice the capacity that could replace that hard disk.

It makes you wonder how long it will be before you will be able to fit a complete Windows XP machine into a cell phone. Just plug in a monitor and keyboard and start typing. There were several phones at CES that had the ability to play MPG files and send the output to an NTSC display.

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