Storage Cost Calculation

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Sun Sep 28 05:35:48 CEST 2014


On Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM, Steven D'Aprano
<steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info> wrote:
> Chris Angelico wrote:
>
>> The RAM was presumably the only difference between the two models, so
>> as long as Model A cost at least £100 (which seems likely; a bit of
>> quick Googling suggests that it may have been of the order of £400), a
>> £100 difference can plausibly be called the price of the RAM.
>
> Hah! I read MRAB as saying the *RAM* came in two models, "Model A RAM"
> and "Model B RAM". I wondered why they didn't just say "16K" versus "32K",
> but it was the 1980s, who knows why people did anything back then...
>
> But no, you can't put the £100 difference down to the price of the RAM even
> if RAM were the only difference between the two model Micros. There's not
> enough information to tell how much of that £100 represents the cost of
> RAM, and how much is pure profit on the part of the vendor, Acorn. In fact,
> there were considerable differences apart from RAM:

I don't care about "pure profit on the part of the vendor" - that's
part of the end-user cost of RAM. But if my presumption is incorrect,
there's no way to put a price on just the RAM.

ChrisA



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