2.10.07

I Feel Old


I really do, the other day I went to a computer store and asked for an external hard-drive, I was shocked to discover the numbers they spoke off. (the picture shows the 8.0", 5.25", 3.5" from left to right)

See, 15 years ago, I was what was called a computer geek, I wrote my own programs that harassed the computer user, I remember having old computers that you needed to boot-up from 5.25" floppy, and the laughing as my brothers tried to compare the cassette to it. Then having upgraded to the first MS Windows system, we had a computer with an internal hard drive that was huge. It was astronomical, in comparison of course, "double density" floppies had a capacity of 360KB and the more modern "quad density" had a capacity of 720 KB. I remember a six 3.5" floppy which had windows 6.22, which I installed on a laptop with a hard drive of 25 MB, almost seventeen 3.5" or 35 of the 5.25"variety.



The computer store clerk could tell I was in disbelief, I was remembering my uncle saying "The Human brain is measured in terms of Terabytes,"

I had to ask my uncle "and that is?"

"1024 Gigabytes which are 1024 Megabytes each," he said. "but dont worry it wont take up a whole room, it would be as big as a book but that might be 25 or 30 years in the future."

No one accused my uncle of being a visionary, Doctors today say that the human brain is in the Exabyte range, at least, and probably in the Zettabyte. The drive I saw was external but check this out here. The size is almost the same as the size of the 1.44MB 3.5" floppy drive shown at the right of the picture above. Size equal capacity 700,000 times greater.

I didn't know that we were there already, but I was shocked. I didn't buy it but I bought a Western Digital 500GB, it is a life-saver and so cheap.

1 comment:

Mazz said...

oh i sure know how you feel! i remember back i the day when we owned the first computer i ever saw. it was an IBM XT or TX can't remember exactly but i think we got it in 1989! i was 6 or 7 at the time and it had a huge manual that i would find my father breaking at it after work for about a couple of months. he gave up on it.
when i remember the days when the coolest game was magic pocket, and how when we thought a game must be amazing cause it was huge "that means more than one 5.25 floppy disk in size". or when someone actually had 256KB or RAM was rich!

ahhh the good old days

but then came phantasmgoria! a 7-CD adventure game that came out in 95 or 96...that broke the records! or full throttle! or day of the tentacle! damn...old times!
ya sheikh roo7 sort biddi abki 3alli sayer!