Just a quick entry while I wait for this to finish rendering...
On my first real graphics job, I had a top-of-the-line 486 computer, tricked out with 32 megs of RAM. Even with my employee discount working at the computer store, that was a costly machine. The RAM alone was over a thousand dollars! But I remember it was totally worth it, because when I rotated part of an 8.5" x 11" image in Photoshop, it only took about 20 minutes to finish processing and give me control of the mouse again.
* sigh *
I tell ya, I can't wait to look back on these early days of DVD production with that same sense of irony.
...and I'm anxious to see what'll be grinding my computer to a halt then.