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Photos: A time capsule of computing

What's this pile of Legos? It's the first storage system ever used by Google. Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin built it themselves. Hard drives at the time maxed out at 4GB, and they piled 10 into this Lego motel. Google took it offline in 1999 and gave it to Stanford University.

Gates Hall at Stanford, one of the central buildings for the school's department of Computer Science, houses a collection chronicling 80 years of computing machines. This Google storage system is part of the display.

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By Bill Detwiler

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