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The whirring hard drives that once occupied entire university labs held but a fraction of the data we carry in our pockets every day — and that’s only 50 years of progress.    Today, as we move further into the cloud, and witness the latest and greatest pocket media devices, we thought it fitting to take a look back at how far we’ve come on our quest to store as much information in as little space as possible.

History of Digital Storage

The History of Digital Storage: The whirring hard drives that once occupied entire university labs held but a fraction of the data we carry in our pockets every day — and thats only 50 years of progress.

Stack of 62,500 punched cards 5 MB worth, holding  the control program for the giant SAGE military computer network. 1955  [::SemAp FB || SemAp::]

5 MB in Programmer standing beside punched cards. This stack of punched cards — 5 MB worth — held the control program for the giant SAGE military computer network.

IBM Computer Punch Cards - my first experience with computers in college.

IBM Computer Punch Cards - My first computer class in high school we had to write all of our own programs & use the key punch machine to punch out each line of command onto the punch cards to run a program!

From the invention of computer programming languages up to the mid-1980s, many if not most computer programmers created, edited and stored their programs line by line on punched cards.

From the invention of computer programming languages up to the many if not most computer programmers created, edited and stored their programs line by line on punched cards. The practice was nearly universal with IBM computers in the era.

Operator at Powers-Samas punch - CHM Revolution c.1962

Operator at Powers-Samas punch - CHM Revolution

Keypunch with Tech Chick. Or vice versa.

Keypunch with Tech Chick. Or vice versa.

'how it works' the computer/1971...Six hours of computer science at Texas Tech and I never even saw a computer!

'How it works' the computer book. This is definitely old school. can't believe computers once used punch cards. back in the Sixties.

I need to get this for my rock star boyfriend. The only thing is...besides old gift cards and gift cards, what could you make a pick out of?     http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/e91b/?srp=1

Nerdy props for your wedding photobooth (plus other supplies from ThinkGeek

DIY Guitar Pick Punch Turn almost anything into a guitar pick - with one simple punch. Guitar pick punched is similar to a standard 351 style pick. Punch a pick and then rock the night away!

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