Aww, ain’t she purty.
Very sleek, yes.
Enough to knock your caps off.
She’s got 5 megabytes, Chuck.
5 million alphanumeric characters.
’pparently IBM reckons they got no way to sell one with more.
Chuck clicks in appreciation.
6 bits for each character. With a parity bit!
Takes only point-six seconds to locate a record.
Imagine what you could do with that!
In 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive. The hard drive unit weighed over a ton and stored 5 MB of data. It was moved about with a forklift and large cargo aircraft.
Think of this next time you look at your 8Gb USB stick.
All factoids for the dialogue are lifted from the wikipedia entry. (Hey! – it’s a lazy Sunday piece written while watching a movie.)
My first computer with a hard disk was a IBM PC clone. Before that I owned an Apple ][e clone that used a consumer tape player as it’s external storage.
My original source for the photograph was a re-tweet by @dgmacarthur of a tweet by Rich Powell (@cultmojo).
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