Ed Driscoll

What a Half-Century of Technological Progress Looks Like

Portable five megabyte hard drive, 1956 edition:


Portable 128 gigabyte USB flash drive, 2012 edition:

Incidentally, the Website with the photo* of the 1956-edition of the IBM 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive adds a reminder to readers to “Start appreciating your 1 GB memory stick!”

Only one gig? That page was written in 2008, which is a reminder of how quickly that piece of computer hardware is expanding. Or shrinking. Or both…

* Which has made the rounds over the years. I don’t think I’m copying an image exclusive to them; apologies if so.