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James C4S

This morning I started using a new mbp as a replacement to my previously aging hardware.  As with any anticipated upgrade, I am taking my time to complete the transfer.  First, necessary applications and data, then secondary stuff.  As I run out of "things I need" I am ready to start copying over the "things I want/love" data.  (Movies, Photos, Music, Random Documents, etc.)

Before putting a value on that data, I noticed I am up to about 50Gb of usage.  That is OS, Applications, minimum data, etc.

20 Years ago I remember sitting next to my high school buddy.  He told me, "you can't install that program, my hard drive is full."  To this day I remember thinking, "how on earth could you fill a 10mb hard drive?!  I just wanted 512kb of it!"  (And according to DIR there were 0bytes free on this drive.)

Sometimes I think, "I am living in the future..."
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mowcius

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how on earth could you fill a 10mb hard drive?!  I just wanted 512kb of it!

That's still a 20th which sounds like quite a lot to me :D

Most of my documents are over 10MB each now (darn microsoft).

I have to admit I am really looking forward to the technological advances we will have over my lifetime, thinking of how much things have changed in the last 20 years, I can't wait to see what happens in the next 20!

Graynomad

Yeah it blows my mind to. Remember the plastic boxes for your floppies? (I could go back further but I don't want this to turn into another "you were lucky, when I were a lad we'd dream of living in cardboard box" thread).

I now have about 6TB of external drives and think nothing of it.

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I can't wait to see what happens in the next 20!


You and me both.

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mowcius

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Yeah it blows my mind to. Remember the plastic boxes for your floppies?

Love the floppies :) But I can't really remember using anything smaller than the 1.44MBs though. Every so often I send people floppies with the documents on them that they have requested. The responses I get back can be quite amusing - naff all people have floppy drives now (especially not on their laptops).

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I now have about 6TB of external drives and think nothing of it.

I probably have something like that but most of it is in 40GB Maxtor drives ;D
As I don't store lots of videos, the biggest chunk (about 40GB) of my drives I use is music so I can manage fine without a lot of storage.

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You and me both.

Yeah should be good.

CowJam

We're rapidly approaching the point when it'll be feasible for an mp3 player to have enough capacity to carry a non-repeating soundtrack for your entire life.  You'd be able to buy an mp3 player, fill it up and give it to your newborn child and they'd never hear the same song twice.

mowcius

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We're rapidly approaching the point when it'll be feasible for an mp3 player to have enough capacity to carry a non-repeating soundtrack for your entire life.  You'd be able to buy an mp3 player, fill it up and give it to your newborn child and they'd never hear the same song twice.

Are we?

I'd be interested to see that worked out. I suppose you're considering the storage space of a hard drive.
Lets work it out...

128kbps is 16kBps and life expectancy around 90 or so in a few years.

90 years = 2.84012334 × 10^9 seconds

2.84012334 × 10^9 *16 = 45 441 973 440kB

45 441 973 440 kilobytes = 42.3211357 terabytes

So - There are 5TB single hard drives now, yeah we're getting close :D

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mowcius

Ok so 128k is about 1MB/minute, song average is a little over three minutes (lets say 3 minutes 30)

45 441 973 440 kilobytes = 44 376 927.2 megabytes
/3.5

12 983 421 000 songs...

That's a lot of songs

Spotify has about 3 million...

westfw

13 billion songs, eh?  ARE there that many?

bld


13 billion songs, eh?  ARE there that many?
No way there are that many worth listening to ;)
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retrolefty

It's a fail. If you only have time to listen to one song at a time, how will you ever know which ones are your favorites?


mowcius



13 billion songs, eh?  ARE there that many?
No way there are that many worth listening to ;)

There are that many but I will agree, not that many worth listening to. But the other thing is, new songs are written all the time - over the english speaking countries, I bet there are enough songs written to satisfy 'a new one each 3.5 minutes'.

It's a fail. If you only have time to listen to one song at a time, how will you ever know which ones are your favorites?

I can't say this would be a very practical thing to do :P

Valalvax

If you tried to go through your entire life listening to songs 24/7, you wouldn't need as many songs as one would think

*HOOOOONK* *SPLAT*

CowJam


If you tried to go through your entire life listening to songs 24/7, you wouldn't need as many songs as one would think

*HOOOOONK* *SPLAT*


Depends how many versions of 4'33 you've got on your playlist ;)

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