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The history of computer data storage, in pictures

Pingdom has got some gorgeous pics of various digital storage media as they appeared in their ancient, prehistoric forms. For example, this lush glamour shot of a Selectron tube (seen above), as it must have appeared in the illustrated versions of many a Robert Heinlein novel, had anyone the genius to make such a wonderful thing.

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Pingdom has got some gorgeous pics of various digital storage media as they appeared in their ancient, prehistoric forms. For example, this lush glamour shot of a Selectron tube (seen above), as it must have appeared in the illustrated versions of many a Robert Heinlein novel, had anyone the genius to make such a wonderful thing. They've got similar snaps of magnetic drums, magnetic tape, punch tape, punch cards, hard drives, floppies, and laser discs. Enjoy.

(Found via reddit.)

Interesting aside: Google one gigabyte over 20 years—the first actual result is this blog post I did a while back. But apparently Google Calculator has some natural language search mojo going, because this is what it spits back, unbidden:

(one gigabyte) over (20 years) = 1.7012776 bytes per second

So, what's the over/under on a sentient PageRank algorithm running for U.S. President? I say 2016, but then, I'm a conservative.

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