First, RAM prices rose sharply after a earthquake in Taiwan, which
had little to no effect on the average prices. Now they are
slowly falling back down where they should be, at about $1.1-.9 per
MB. But now we are seeing gas prices rise sharply. Here in
Wisconsin, prices are about US$1.65 per gallon. On the west
coast, it is even higher, which makes me thankful I’m not there.
Believe it or not, there are similarities between the two price
increases. Both have to do with shortages. In the end of
the summer, there was a shortage of SDRAM. That is because
companies were moving over to manufacturing test batches of Direct
Rambus, Double Data Rate, and Virtual Channel SDRAM. Gas prices
have fallen because the OPEC counties have cut back production rates
so far, that they are below consumption rates, causing a
shortage. This leads me to my next idea. Because both are
so different, yet so similar, wouldn’t it be a nifty idea to trade
computer parts just as commodities are traded? Buy at $1/MB,
sell at $1.2/MB, and make a killing. Right now, a lot of
companies already do this: withhold or store chips until prices are
higher, so why not make this trading public, and therefore more
I’d rather be fishing
Right now, instead of working, I’d rather be fishing. It
would give me a chance to get away from everything high tech.
But with today’s fishing word, that’s impossible. Depth/Fish
Finders, which use echo location to find the bottom of the body of
water, and/or fish. They are very technologically
advanced. In my honest opinion, fishing is made to be
simple. Get a net, or a pole, line, hook, and bait, and start
stalking fish, just like hunting. Maybe I’m crazy, and maybe the
high tech fisherman are right…but then again, without me crazy, life
wouldn’t be fun.
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