HP91xx controllers (was HP-IB disc drive emulation programavailable)
cisin at xenosoft.com
Sat Dec 19 20:21:53 CST 2009
On Sat, 19 Dec 2009, Tim Shoppa wrote:
> When I got started in computing, a RK05 pack was circa $200 and
> a 8" floppy was circa $5. A researcher or student might have
> had a personal RK05 or two and a box of floppies.
> Today for the non-inflation-amount of money
> I get a couple of Terabyte portable drives for $200 and a cheapie
> USB keychain for $5. And they're used for similar purposes (despite
> a factor of 5 or more orders of magnuted in byte capacity) as the 30-year
> old equivalents. I see things really staying the same in price
> and in usage more than changing.
While there is a factor of 5 or more orders of magnitude in byte capacity,
the capacity of what they will hold is unchanged. A non-trivial MS WEIRD
file will no longer fit on a floppy. An OS will not only no longer fit on
a floppy, some won't fit on a CD-ROM!
Data will always expand to fill the available capacity - Boyle's law
MICROS~1 has certainly done their part to keep Moore's law and the
software variant of Boyle's law on track.
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com
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