The cutting edge — 50 years ago

  Jim Thing 09:28 14 Apr 07

A friend in Oz sent me this photo:[IMG]click here[/IMG]. It shows the IBM 305 RAMAC, which I believe was the world's first computer hard drive; it was introduced in 1956, weighed more than a ton and could store just 5MB of data.

Fifty years later I carry a flash drive on my keyring. It gives me instant access to 1GB of data and cost me £7.99.

Any more examples of the incredible pace of computer development?

it is scary, the speed things change. They had ibm pets when i was at school, and the school next door envied us because they didnt have computer studies. im 39 by the way

  Kate B 11:29 14 Apr 07

When I was in Redmond in January we were shown around the small but fun computing museum, where I was amused to see packaging for the boxed version of OS2/Warp, which my dad ran on one of his early home PCs, and a Mac Classic, on which I first learned to lay out pages in the late 1980s.

  WhiteTruckMan 12:01 14 Apr 07

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If you go to the homepage of the site you can also dig up some strangely fascinating stuff, such as

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Enjoy (I think?)


  Mr Mistoffelees 13:13 14 Apr 07
  thms 13:35 14 Apr 07

What ever happened to these
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  jimv7 13:58 14 Apr 07

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