|And another month goes by
||[Apr. 29th, 2014|07:09 pm]
About thirty years ago, I bought my first ever data storage medium. It cost me about $16 (in 1984 dollars) for a 360 KB floppy disk.
Today I bought my most recent storage medium. It cost me about $270 (in 2014 dollars) for a 4 TB external hard drive. That's about 4,000,000,000 KB (if I've got my decimal point in the right place).
(Yes, I know that because of the weird binary way bytes are calculated a kilobyte is not exactly 1000 bytes, and a megabyte is not exactly 1000 kilobytes, and so on and so forth. Still close enough for the sort of rough analysis I'm doing tonight).
Assuming that $16 in 1984 dollars is $27 in 2014 dollars (that's a very conservative estimate considering how prices for essential goods have inflated since then) and skewing the initial figures by 10% or so to make calculations easier... data storage in 1984 was 1,000,000 times the cost it is today (again, if I've got my decimal point in the right place).
So progress isn't all bad.
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This year I'm not going to do my usual song-a-day for New Zealand Music Month. This is mainly due to lack of time to organise and pre-load stuff rather than any actual lack of material worth posting. However, I'm not going to completely ignore the month... once I'm back from the 24 hour book sale (some time next week) I'll try to get a few posts and comments out into the blogosphere about it.