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Posted by Shooshie (Member # 2205) on June 03, 2015, 04:29:
 
It's rare that a comic actually makes me laugh out loud. I may write "lol" and imagine that I laughed out loud. I mean, it's funny; I'm laughing in my mind, right? But having lived through all of the IBM/Mac wars, then the Windows PC/Mac wars, to the present day serenity of vindication, I could not help but laugh out loud. Literally.

Great comic, guys!

Shooshie
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on June 03, 2015, 11:30:
 
Thanks Shooshie, it doesn't get better than that. You really made our day. [Happytears]
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on June 03, 2015, 14:16:
 
This comic made me think of my father, who retired from IBM after about 20 years, and who the other day said, "So if I buy a Mac, do I need anti-virus software?" [Eek!]
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on June 03, 2015, 21:50:
 
I still own my original IBM-PC from 1982. I recently resurrected a bunch of floppies from that era and recovered the first product I ever wrote.

If you want to go further back, I used one of these in elementary school. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minivac_601

I recently picked on up for an insanely low price on EBay.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on June 04, 2015, 09:02:
 
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Originally posted by quantumfluff:
I still own my original IBM-PC from 1982. I recently resurrected a bunch of floppies from that era and recovered the first product I ever wrote.

I threw out a big box of floppies last weekend, clearing out the garage in preparation for some building work.

Showed one to the druidlings....
One of these, (holds up USB key) equals (holds up floppy disk) 192,000 of these.
 
Posted by Shooshie (Member # 2205) on June 05, 2015, 11:58:
 
quote:
Showed one to the druidlings....
One of these, (holds up USB key) equals (holds up floppy disk) 192,000 of these.

Time to roll out one of my favorite sets of statistics:

I have five 2TB WD My Passport Studio Firewire drives. The 10TB of these 5 drives combined would equal 7,142,857 HD floppy disks (@1.4MB), which at ⅛" thick (.125") would stack like pancakes 14 miles into the sky. 

The original 128K Mac used 400K floppies. If we counted 10TB in THOSE disks, it would require 3.5 times as many, or a stack of floppies reaching nearly 50 miles high! That's not exact, because we measured 1MB differently then (1024K then, rather than 1000K), but it’s very close. If laid end-to-end, these 25,000,000 floppies (@400K) would span 7 mi. further than the distance from New York City to Dallas, Texas! 

These 2TB drives are each about the size of 2 decks of playing cards, laid side-by-side. Five drives fit in a lunch box with room left over for lunch!

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STATISTICS:
1TB = 714,285 Floppy Disks @ 1.4 MB
1TB = 1.4 Miles (stacked) of Floppy DIsks @ 1.4 MB, where each floppy is 1/8" thick.
2TB = 1,428,571.4 Floppy Disks @ 1.4MB
2TB = 2.8 Miles (stacked) of Floppy Disks @ 1.4MB per floppy, 1/8" thick.

Shooshie
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on June 05, 2015, 15:41:
 
Way back machine time, Recording programs written in Basic onto audio tape. On the other hand real Floppies the ones in cardboard I believe the first ones 5.25 inches sq. were only 190k then there were main frame machines with 8"X8" floppies, then the two sided ones. Whoops I forgot tape drives and Paper Punched Tape.

Where I worked we had machines in use until 2002 using PPT readers.
 


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