June 21, 2010

Today's ThreeSources Storage News

David Ricardo, call your office.

A few of us are vets or current participants in the computer storage industry. Sorry to bore the rest, but Amazon has a sale today on a 1.5 TG disk drive: $75.99. A hair under a nickel a megabyte.

Technology Posted by John Kranz at June 21, 2010 10:31 AM

I distinctly recall being the first in HS to get a 386DX40. WIth 20 MB ram and a 120mb hard drive.

"Wow, you'll never fill that!"

Posted by: AlexC at June 21, 2010 1:34 PM

Ah yes, and in the summer of 1995, $300 for a 1-gig drive was a great price.

What command do you type to turn a 386 into a 286?


Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at June 21, 2010 1:53 PM

"My god, it's full of data..."

My first: a 386SX-16, maxxed out with 4MB (that's not a typo, and I paid extra to get all the way up to 4MB) and a 40MB hard drive - running a copy of SuperStor that had shipped with DR-DOS 6.0, giving me a whopping 80MB to play with.

My reaction mirrored Alex', right up to the day I loaded Borland Quattro Pro and Borland Paradox from diskettes. Installing Quattro Pro went fine, but I ran out of hard drive space about halfway through the Paradox diskettes.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at June 21, 2010 2:01 PM

Not bad, not bad. But an Exabyte still costs, $33,333 at that rate. Still some room for improvement. :)

Posted by: johngalt at June 21, 2010 2:54 PM

Nothing like a tech post to turn ThreeSources into the Four Yorkshiremen "When I was a lad, we did data processing with a stick." "We dreamed of having a stick..."

My turn and this is all Gospel truth: My high school had a teletype with an acoustic 300 baud modem. We called into the DEC PDP-8 at the Colorado School of Mines, stuffed the phone into the modem cradle, and logged on. I stored my programs on paper tape.

But you tell kids today...

Posted by: jk at June 21, 2010 3:11 PM

"You had ones and zeroes? Ha - count yourself lucky; when I started, the zero hadn't been invented yet, and we had to improvise..."

I think it was Penn Jillette who said "all I ask for is a tower case the size of a Datsun pickup truck, a hard drive big enough to stuff a small poodle into, and one of those big 19" monitors that, when you stay up late at night, you can see all the way into the Twilight Zone with." Of course, we can watch that show and his on Hulu now. Whoda thunk it?

Posted by: Keith Arnold at June 21, 2010 3:52 PM | What do you think? [6]