[rescue] $35 50gig drives
Sheldon T. Hall
shel at tandem.artell.net
Wed May 4 15:28:58 CDT 2005
Wes Will said ...
> Next on the rise to storage heaven was my first hard disk. It weighed
> about a zillion pounds, an "Apple Sider" drive, and I had me
> a whopping 5 megabytes of storage. When it arrived, I was the MAN!!
> Who could POSSIBLY fill up 5 MEGS?!
My first hard drive was a Corvus Constellation. 5 Megabytes. $5,000. That
was so much storage we networked it to three TRS-80 Mod II computers ...
When I was with http://www.cdci.com in the late 70s, we had quite a few
customers running their businesses on TRS-80 Mod II computers, running CP/M
on their single 8" floppy disk drives. The big spenders bought the
extension cabinet with three more 8" drives so they could do faster backups.
That wasn't the first computer I worked on, though. That would be an NCR
315. 56 kilobytes of 12-bit "slabs". Real wound core memory. Vacuum tubes
in the paper tape reader. CRAM cards. No OS at all, just whatever program
you were running. All the I/O, including the remote terminals, were just
memory locations you had to poll. Programming language was "NEAT". We ran
a half-billion dollar bank on that thing....
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