One Gig. Then VS now.

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    That thing would make an excellent fictional power source.


    Indeed it would. I bet it sounds awesome.


    Sometimes, as I’m leaving the house, I look at my cell phone, laptop, and MP3 player, and just focus on the fact that I’m carrying around way more processing power and memory than the guys who put astronauts on the moon would have ever dreamed of.


    A pocket calculator has more processing power than the Apollo command module!


    …but is it SATA2?


    What’s up with that huge clunky FULL sized SD card. psh. noob.


    We’re truly living in the future…

    and it’s not any better.



    What… you didn’t get yours? ouch.

    Alec Dalek

    The money to research all of that was spend on Vietnam & Iraq.


    Not quite. They’ve spent several hundred billion dollars on fusion… just the wrong type. They’re never going to get anywhere trying to recreate the “conditions in the sun”. I put it in quotes because what is normally considered the conditions inside the sun is laughable when considered from a scientific standpoint. I’m truly surprised that even today mainstream science likes to pretend gravity causes pressures inside the sun that creates fusion. If you’ve ever had a class in materials science, it’s enough to make you laugh yourself sick.

    Consider just two things, then ask yourself again how the sun works. First, the energies needed to ionize hydrogen (strip the electron from the proton) are EXTREMELY low, so virtually all hydrogen in the sun is ionized. Second, protons weigh more then 1800 times more than electrons. Now, think about those two facts and think SCIENTIFICALLY.

    Luke Magnifico

    Moar liek “Then and then”, amirite.


    Not to mention the cost of the damn thing.


    My phone has 32gigs in a quarter that size –


    I paid $700 for a 2.1 GB SCSI-2 hard drive in 1994-95 back when that was 10x what most people had. That was the shit.

    John Schulien

    That’s a HDA (Head/Disk Assembly) from an IBM 3380 disk drive. I used to work with those in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

    If you look at the picture, you will see what appears to be two linear voice coil head assemblies, one on each side of the platter. That’s exactly what is there! Each disk had two completely separate head assemblies, one on each side of the disk, reading and writing off the same platters.

    What this meant was that the operating system could read or write on two different places on the disk at once. This could massively speed up disk operations in certain circumstances.

    Suppose you want to copy a file somewhere else onto the same disk. If you were doing that on your PC, it would take a long time, because the computer would have to seek a certain track, buffer a bunch of data, then move the head to a different place on the disk to write it. The head would be oscillating all over the disk doing the copy and chewing up time.

    With two heads on the 3380, one head could be reading sequential tracks while the second head could write sequential tracks in a different place on the disk, thus massively speeding up file copy and other similar disk operations.

    This was all done transparently by the extremely sophisticated and expensive hardware/firmware in the disk controller. No special programming required. This is just one example of how IBM’s mainframe hardware was so far ahead of even modern PC technology that people have no idea why mainframe programmers have such high regard for old IBM iron.

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