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    Talking Guess what this is .


    Hint: picture was taken in 1956...
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    It's a hard disk drive back in 1956... with 5 MB of storage.

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    don't think it will fit in my laptop how things have changed

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    Oh its bad news when you can recognise stuff like that. Remember magnetic core memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Oh its bad news when you can recognise stuff like that. Remember magnetic core memory.
    How about punch cards. When I was in college we used the oonly computer on canpas for our physics classes and it used punch cards and it ran on fortran...
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    How about punch cards. When I was in college we used the oonly computer on canpas for our physics classes and it used punch cards and it ran on fortran...
    When I was in college we didn't use punched cards... but there still was a punch card machine in the terminal room, and my buddy and I figured out how to work it, so we punched out a bunch of cards, collected all the chads (It amounted to only about 3"x3"x1" in volume) and scattered them around a girls' dorm room. It was beautiful, way better than toilet paper. They were still finding those things months later.
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    I worked for TWA from the 1965 until 1976... we shipped a lot of computers out of the Bay area.. Silicon Valley... the controlers looked like 25 cu.ft. refridgerators and the disc drives were about the size of a washing machine... we could put two controllers and 4 disc drives in an aircraft pallet.

    Later while working for a forwarder in Sunnyvale, we shipped the computer that Scotland yard bought from Amdahl... it took a 40 foot container to load all the components...
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    And to think 'In the early 1940s, IBM's president, Thomas J Watson, reputedly said: "I think there is a world market for about five computers."'
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    And to think 'In the early 1940s, IBM's president, Thomas J Watson, reputedly said: "I think there is a world market for about five computers."'
    I would say he missed it by just a little.

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    Hey Don.

    Are you sure it's a disk drive? Looks like a drum to me (and don't ask why I know the difference).

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