December 30, 2008 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Computers, Events, Hardware, Technology | Leave a comment

In 1956, IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard drive disc. It had 5 MB of storage and weighed over a ton.

Around 1980, I worked for a hotel that had a special computer room that was dust and climate controlled and surprisingly noisy. Nobody wanted to talk about how expensive it was. The hard drives were about 10 platters in a container the size of a very large cake. The system produced pages and pages of 18″ wide reports no one knew what to do with nor how to stop them.

By the mid 1990’s, hard drives reached a point where a MB was about $1, so a 250 MB hard drive was $250.

A couple of days ago, I picked up a 2 GB (thats 2,000 MB) thumb drive for $7. And a 16 GB SD card for $30. My new Netbook doesn’t even have a hard drive.

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