[SATLUG] The Price of Data

Othniel Graichen othniel at gmail.com
Tue Oct 26 13:53:08 CDT 2010


Don Wright is absolutely right -- five cents a gigabyte is here.

I have already availed myself of 4 each 2TB USB attach external
drives from newegg.

Unfortunately Don wrote $95 for 2GB Instead of writing $95 for 2TB.
And he wrote $55 for 1G instead of $55 for 1 TB.

We know what you meant.  It takes a while to change from a common
prefix to the next one.  I too had the same issue switching from kilo to
mega, then from mega to giga.  Guess what?  We're aswitching.

At least now when we talk about GHz, GB, and TB we wont have ask
whether that means CPU speed, Memory size or Hard drive size.
Each is unique, again.  For a while.

Quick, somebody ask Bill Gates whether people will ever need a
Terabyte of RAM on their computer.  And have your tape recorder
turned on.  I mean, MP3 voice recorder.  Dang this technology.

Othniel Graichen

On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 1:24 PM, Don Wright <satlug at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> OK, another of those magic numbers is here. The cost of hard drives has
> dropped to five cents a gigabyte. $95/2GB, $55/1GB from Newegg.
> http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail/latest/index-landing.aspx
> Just a reminder, in October 1980, 20 MB Shugart hard drives (later named
> Seagate) were around $5000, based on ads in Byte magazine. Atari or
> Apple floppy drives were about $500, and a 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood was
> $16,000.
> --
> Price slightly higher west of the Rockies.
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