On Feburary 11, 1997, there was a discussion on an online Windows newsgroup about computers having a gigabyte of RAM.

PC’s will never have gigabytes of RAM.

The reason is simple. Somewhere in the 50 to 200 megabyte range, all applications, (or at least their active portion), will reside in memory. Doubling memory may allow the entire set of applications to reside in memory, but the performance gain will be small. The larger the memory capacity, the smaller the gain.

As a result, additional RAM memory will not be added.

Of course we all have a good laugh now. The three-year-old computer I’m using to type this has a gig of RAM. New systems regularly come with that much; middle-tier servers have two or four.

Ahh, isn’t technologic progress fun?