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Pic: How to explain terabytes to management


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This uber-geeky set of Matryoska-doll-style nesting paperweights is the perfect visual aid for explaining why terabyte storage is better than gigabyte storage. You know, to executives who can't understand the concept of multiplying by 1024. Found via reddit.

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17 comments
beckumsca
beckumsca

It is a better visual then most management will have to aid them ..... but if only it were to scale ...... lol You'd need a bigger pic!

izak
izak

Now that's what you call a lot of of eggs in one cup.

ke_xtian
ke_xtian

Well, it is compact. But I think you explain it in terms that are most important to them. If each byte = $1, their purchasing power is what? Unit What they can buy ---- ----------------- Byte -- Nothing Kilobyte -- two Cohiba Behike cigars and a bottle of Highland Park 25 year-old Island Single Malt Scotch Megabyte -- A Saleen S7, a Rolls Royce Corniche, a Mercedes Benz CL600 and tax, tag, and title. Gigabyte -- First BanCorp. Terabyte -- ExxonMobil, General Electric, and Wal-Mart

scole
scole

Find an office 10 feet by 8.6 feet with an 8 foot ceiling and fill it to the ceiling with 3.5" floppy disks (most everyone remembers those). That's a terabyte.

michael.rosanbalm
michael.rosanbalm

If one bit is the size if the smallest Matryoska doll, say one inch high and volume = pi*r^2*h then a Terabyte would be the size of the planet. And thats one honkin Matryoska doll!

ehuyboom
ehuyboom

Would be better if the smallest doll was byte in stead of bit. It's hard enough explaining you keep on dividing by 1024. But then at the end you do it by 8. Management will be confused for weeks.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Even if they don't understand it, it'll get their attention.

Valkyrie Needs Food
Valkyrie Needs Food

The girl geek in my says "I want.". Anyone know if this is commercially available?

Lovs2look
Lovs2look

Much better "real" world example. I think most manager would understand this kind of comparison. Well done!

jamey123
jamey123

It's actually only one Matryoshka doll... not Matryoska(h).

ke_xtian
ke_xtian

This idea of multiplying by 1024 (1024?) each time will blow their minds. But expressing the size of each in terms of what they could buy when those things are expensive and exclusive and what they lust after will be VERY understandable to them.

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

I was really disappointed - I expected 2 x Nybbles, each containing 4 bits. Or at the very least - EIGHT bits.

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

If a manager is not technically savy, these examples mean nothing to them unless you can give one that is truly representative.

C-3PO
C-3PO

That's what I was thinking... shouldn't each next nest be 1024 x bigger than the last one?

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

management will see that model and then say Gee, that isn't all that much bigger....

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