Things are a lot better now. Still, I can't think of one single other piece of technology that has improved my day-to-day life as my first computer did. Everything since then has been incremental - that was a huge leap.
Wait, I'm going to let that stand, but I'm going to qualify it. I felt
it as a huge leap, but maybe I've just become accustomed to these amazing changes. Everything is rushing forward, but after a while one can get used to even that. My first CD burner was 2x ... I don't remember exactly how much it cost me but it was in the hundreds.
My dad, who wrote software for machines that used punch cards, never did adjust to the widespread use of computers. He never wanted one of his own, it was supposed to be something you operated and coded for at work.
"ENIAC contained 17,468 vacuum tubes, 7,200 crystal diodes, 1,500 relays, 70,000 resistors, 10,000 capacitors and around 5 million hand-soldered joints. It weighed 30 short tons (27 t), was roughly 8.5 feet (2.6 m) by 3 feet (0.91 m) by 80 feet (2.6 m by 0.9 m by 26 m), took up 680 square feet (63 m²), and consumed 150 kW of power." - from the Wikipedia article on ENIAC, citing this site: http://ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/BRL-e-h.html
I don't know where we're headed, but we're going there awfully fast.