Chart Of The Day: Orders Of Computers And Electronic Products Plunge To 1993 Levels

Tyler Durden's picture

Because, like, nobody orders computers or electronics when, you know, it's cold out, in December the orders of computers and electronic products dropped to a level not seen since 1993. And yes, they did have computers back in 1993.


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Spungo's picture

Fun fact: I would use a laptop to heat my bed when I was a university student because I didn't have control of the thermostat.

economics9698's picture

Easy to seal from the local supermercardo.  Why buy it?

doomandbloom's picture

I am waiting for iPhone 7.2 

No point buying anything until then

Pladizow's picture

Thanks National Security Agency or should I say Gay Anti Yuan Electronics. (Anagram)

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Fuck you, Gay Anti Yuan Electronics!

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Our fascist government is attempting to fix this chart with...

...a Federally Mandated Operating System Upgrade.

No, Dr. Buttscope, your Federal government doesn't give a stool sample
that all those computers running XP you purchased still work just fine
for you, Doc.  This is about HIPAA compliance!  You don't want to be out
of compliance with HIPAA!!!

TruthInSunshine's picture

NSA noticed a sharp drop in electronics they were intercepting in order to attach their I-See-And-Hear-And-Record-You-Always chipset into.

Almost Solvent's picture

I'd love to see the breakout of just the electric cost per month to run all those servers to store all our info.


Fuck you Langley!

eclectic syncretist's picture

The so called "smart-phone" was the last great consumer tech innovation that we're going to see for some time.  Over the next couple of decades consumers will have to begin to learn how to consume less.

zerozulu's picture

Send a congratulations card to NSA.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Actually CES 2014 now features smart watches.
I'd rather have a smart-watch than a smart-phone.
I'll be fine with neither but I'd rather a phone just be a phone. I'm willing to accept texting is a proper phone service & I use it far more than talking, and I'd hate to do that from a watch.

Bunga Bunga's picture

95% of all ATMs run on XP. Looks like hackers are facing easy money, when MSFT discontinues maintenance.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



95% of all ATMs run on XP. Looks like MSFT is facing easy money, when hackers discontinue work arounds.

asteroids's picture

Why the fuck would you ever expose your ATM to a public networ?. Sheer stupidity if you did. Humans are the weak link here.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

HOLY crap, that kind of is a good argument for fonestar & bitcoin. And that's sad.

Oh regional Indian's picture

I still have a commodore 64, manual and all.

Had written a Pong game on it....equation for true-bounce and all....

Good stuff, green screens...


HelluvaEngineer's picture

I spent $4 and a couple of hours this weekend to solder a new power connector on a 10 year old laptop an install a lightweight version of Linux.  It runs Firefox and basic business apps, so therefore it's capable of 99% of what computer users do on a daily basis.  And it's fast.

New computers just encourage bloatware.

Erus Unius's picture

+1 for linux, and its free. 

Gief Gold Plox's picture

+1 for soldering. It's fast becoming a lost art.

nuclearsquid's picture

no its not... thank all the raspberry pi, mame, etc afficianados.


Hal n back's picture

brings back memories-I had one of those too--also a ti 745, and a IIe plus second verson of macintosh-the one with 512k memory.


used compuserve to get into the internet with phone line which took forever.



This electronics dollar value sold chart--does that include tablets sold I assume it does.That takes a lot out of hardware dollar sales and a lot out of software--you can get an excell word app for a few bucks.



NoDebt's picture

The Commodore 64 wasn't green screen.  It had a color screen (your TV with an adapter box, it didn't come with a monitor).  So did it's predecessor, the Commodore VIC 20, which I also had and spent many a late night programming games into as a kid. 

PCs back then were green screen.

Mediocritas's picture

Might have been a Commodore 128. It had a green screen when in 128 mode but typing GO64 at the prompt dropped it back into the blue screen.

Oh regional Indian's picture

You're right, it was hooked to the TV. 

And yes, PCs were green screen.


Luckhasit's picture

Green? Who could forget the tangerine screens.  Long live my old computer with OS/2!

odatruf's picture

That was the amber version.  You had green, amber and white a bit later on as options.  This was back with the 8088 chipset that clocked at 4.77 megahertz.  Later CGA graphics cards ran 8 or 16 colors on them.


ebear's picture

The C64 had it's own color monitor that matched the drive and keyboard - made by Sony if I recall.  Very nice color.   I know this because I was developing software for it in the early 80's.   The C64 had a lot of advantages over the competition - hardware sprites, writable character sets - BASIC in ROM, which was nice, but we were writing in FORTH which blew the doors off BASIC and was the only viable alternative to Assembler if you wanted speed.  Then there was the Koala Pad which (with a little help) could be used to control everything similar to a mouse (those came later).

Our game screens were designed on the Koala pad, and compressed from 10K down to 2K by translating their bit-map into soft characters plus a control file.  No one else was using that approach that I knew of.  I even wrote a 16-bit emulator so our code would port to the faster machines we knew were coming.

Sigh.  Those were the days.  Too bad we ran out of money before we had a marketable product but that's what happens when you try to do everything yourself.  Instead of finished games we should have just sold a development package for game writers.  We'd already done that part, we just didn't realize the value of what we had. 

odatruf's picture

wow ebear - which programs did you work on?

I had a VIC20 and then a C-64, and I had tons of programs, mostly games. I did some light coding, but only in the ROM resident extended BASIC.

For most the early time, I only had a cassette tape recorder and then got the 5.25" floppy.  My tape drive was a repurposed regular audio cassette player that I built a cable for and soldered (yup, FTW) onto the very small board inside.

Programs would take 20 minutes or longer to load even though they were pretty small.

Commadore was so much better than the competitors all the way through the Amiga 1000. True multitasking and a windows GUI that blew the early Apple products away.  But as you said, not enough $$$.

ebear's picture

"which programs did you work on?"

None of our stuff ever made it to market, we got as far as writing the development platform then ran out of cash.  Truth be told, I also ran out of confidence in my partner.  I wanted to bring a manager on board because neither of us knew the first thing about finance or marketing, but he was dead set against it - worried that our ideas might be stolen.  Maybe he was right, but then there's not much value in a great idea that never gets to market.  In the end I had to walk away as I was in debt and had to dig myself out before it became a real problem.  

We weren't really gamers.  What we were aiming for had more in common with stuff like Sim City or Second Life.  We knew the internet was coming and planned for it, but as it turned out we were a decade early in our prediction.  I learned a lot from the experience so it wasn't a total loss, but I moved on from programming and did different things after that.  Glad I did too - for every programmer that writes a killer ap there are thousands that toil away in misery, never seeing the light of day ...LOL!

BTW, I don't know if FORTH is still being used, but anyone getting into programming should at least look at it if for no other reason than a deeper understanding of the craft.  FORTH was easy to code, easy to debug and ran lightning fast compared to anything else at the time, and the best part, it was open source.

t0mmyBerg's picture

Get the flag out.  Shut the Front Door.  I had to write it down and cross the letters out one by one.  But I will be god damned (no really i will).  It is an anagram, and a good one too.

On a note related to the article, this is the chart I have wanted to see for years but did not know it.  It fits with my thesis that the main underlying cause of our current malaise is the breakdown in Moore's Law.  I mean what is the top of the lline processor speed now, (just checked the dell site) approaching 4GHz?  IN Y2K I bought my first 1GHz processor.  14 years later and the best there is is not even 4GHz.  Sure there are more cores and the price has REALLY fallen, but I have like 5 laptops with procs running 2GHz to 3GHz and another 5 desktops running the same (and 1 old one running 850MHz to run old games like Duke Nuke'em and Descent) and I see no need to run right out and get anything else as I once would have.  This is the one chart to rule them all and will in the darkness bind them.

Musashi Miyamoto's picture

They fucked us with the transition to 64-bit architecture.

t0mmyBerg's picture

Why do you say that?  I love 64 bit.  I now have 16GB of memory in a box, hell i have 8gb in my older laptops.  You need 2-3gb just to run the browsers now.  In 32 bit land you are limited theoretically to 4gb and in practice with winblows to 3gb.  32 bit architecture became a real restraint.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

how? I didn't notice a problem, no business I've worked with has complained.
I've even seen huge support for 32-bit legacy apps in 64-bit environments, Windows & Linux, so this has not impacted me.

t0mmyBerg's picture

Yes that is why I mentioned multiple cores.  One of my workstations has 4 cores on each of two processors for a total of 8.  Guess what, because it has a slow memory subsystem a little pissant off the shelf HP box is pretty much just as fast if not faster for almost everything I do.  Most software in use by businesses in the back office, which is where most of the large scale demand is, do not benefit from mutliple cores or parallel processing.  So I stand by it.  Businesses are not buying because they perceive no need to do so.  Even if Windows 8 wasnt the disaster it is.  The whole replacement cycle for computing has slowed way way down.  That is a lot of dollars not being spent.

James_Cole's picture

Most software in use by businesses in the back office, which is where most of the large scale demand is, do not benefit from mutliple cores or parallel processing.  So I stand by it. 

It's a different model was my point, when you do work that requires it you realize it can't be done another way. When your work does not require it....

GFX processing has gone the same direction too. 

The whole replacement cycle for computing has slowed way way down.

I don't think anyone would argue you here, word processing is not particularly demanding. E-mail and web work perfectly well on older hardware. Gets a lot tougher to sell the Ferrari to grandma so she check her e-cards. 

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

indeed. Some of that work could be parallelized but to do so requires expert re-arrangement of how data is stored, who works with it, what programs are read-only at a given moment & so on, otherwise it's a god-damned disaster, if it's applicable at all.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

PER processor. Obviously we've been able to combine processing power for some time but that's not the point. That takes more power, more wires, more circuit-area & it means various tasks can't happen as you'd like because of co-operation & transmitting rather than being all internal to one chip.

Liquid Courage's picture

Bingo, t0mmy!

Had an interesting experience at the Intel site waaaay back in the infamous days of the bubble when Moore's Law was cited as the justification for the insanity of the boom. There was a discussion page on the site featuring a transcript of an address made by Dr. Moore himself at some internal Intel function, followed by several active discussion threads, most of which were over the moon with exponential pipe dreams of wealth and wonders-to-be.

Then, way down-thread was a lonely post titled (IIRC) Can't help wondering if it's an 'S'-Curve...

Well, having taken the time to actually read Dr. Moore's address in which he explicitly stated that there was a physical limit to the packing density of semi-conductors due to what he called "electron convection effects", I replied to the poster's question with an emphatic affirmative, and quoted the passage from Dr. Moore's address. That, I thought ought to set the cat among the pigeons.

When I returned to the site the next day to see if I'd managed to stir up a bit of excitement ... the Moore address, the discussion thread, the whole damn page was simply ... GONE.

NotApplicable's picture

Thing is, though, for consumers, Moore's Law has become moot, as technology has completely overshot the market for it. So, raw speed increases no longer draw consumers, unlike say, the days of the Pentium.

The iPhone took off, not because of it's speed, but because it opened up a new paradigm in computing for a mass market.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

no, the iPhone kicked off well because it had a touch screen. People wanted to have icon buttons, not things to read, even keys, to use the device, and slider gestures.
Sheeple are dumb, reading, even reading keys, gives them a sad.

tip e. canoe's picture

fascinating paper on Koomey's Law (pdf alert)

All other things being equal, the cost per component decreases as more components are added to a chip, but because of defects, the yield of chips goes down with increasing complexity.

This research suggests that doubling of computations per kWh every 1.6 years is the long-term industry trend, but we believe (because of the large remaining potential for efficiency) that achieving faster rates of improvement is within our grasp, if we make efficiency a priority and focus our efforts on what Amory Lovins of Rocky Mountain Institute calls “clean slate, whole system redesign"

Sudden Debt's picture

HAHAHA!! My girlfriend and me back in the day when we where students used to turn on our computers and a little oven because they heated up the entire room after 15 minutes :)

and after half a hour the fuses blew out

that where the days :)

nope-1004's picture

Girlfriends come in a kit:  First the plastic inflatable, next the air pump.  Google it from your basement.


kaiserhoff's picture

Or rented by the hour from

As a drinking buddy says, you don't pay a hooker for sex.  You pay her to go home.

superflex's picture

Something your mom competes against.

cougar_w's picture

"you don't pay a hooker for sex.  You pay her to go home."

True, dat. You also expect her to keep her yap shut unless you find a specific use for it.

How our wives don't understand how any of this works is beyond me.