Kinda unbelievable, when you think about it.
Hands up, who remembers Way Back When, when we thought a 25Mb drive (which cost a few hundred dollars or more) was unfillable?
I just stuck half a terabyte on ol’ TV’s Frankenstein for a hundred bucks.
TERAbyte. I’m sorry, I am old enough to be awed by a number like that. When I started on computers, a terabyte was a technicality, a theoretical thing, a word you threw out to get a chuckle because everyone knew such a thing wasn’t real. It existed only because we had the prefixes and were used to kilobytes, and even a megabyte or two.
My fellow Woosterians, check me on this, but I’d swear the disk quota we had on Mom (one of our nicknames for the VAX 11/750, for my non-COW friends) was on the order of five or ten meg?
I remember asking one of the system ops at the Battelle 11/780 cluster just how much virtual memory their network was capable of managing. I got an email back saying “We really don’t know anymore.”
Sheesh. At least now I know it really is only a matter of time before petabyte and exabyte drives happen. It’s a little sad to have some of the awe taken away…