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Unlimited Lifetime Data Storage Using Nanostructured Glass

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GTOlover
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Great opening line
GTOlover   7/24/2013 9:34:10 AM
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I remember in the begining days of the PC (early 80's for me) that 1.44 MB disks were considered 'large'. Harddrives of 20 and 40 Mb would be all the storage you would ever need.

Man, I can now fill up a 1Tb drive and wonder when they will make a bigger storage device. To even suggest that this new device will forever fullfil our data storage needs, well history has a way of humbling us! 

far911
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Re: Great opening line
far911   7/24/2013 9:40:57 AM
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@GTOlover - Well said. With the way things have been and with the evergrowing demand for data, even 360 terabytes stored on glass might prove insufficient in the years to come.

Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   7/24/2013 11:18:05 AM
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I remember those days too GTOlover - I had a 10 Meg hard drive on one computer and a 20 Meg hard drive on another (XTs) and I  thought that was so cool. We've come a long way - once I thought someone was talking about a hard drive when I heard memory size and they were actually talking about RAM....mindboggling...I think the challenge will be for us as users is to intelligently catalogue our data storage so that we can find what we need when we need it. 

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naperlou   7/24/2013 11:36:16 AM
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Well, I remember the 5MB drives that were external.  They were half the size of the PC.  I also worked on a four user system that used the original large format floppy.  Those were the days.

Actually, what I really find funny abou the title is the term unlimited.  If you look at the 10MB drive and compare that to the 1TB drives now available on laptops, you get a factor of 100,000.  So, I don't think 360TB will suffice for my kids. 

I was told once, and it has stuck with me, that there are only three numbers in computer science.  They are 0, 1 and infinity.  At some point, we will exceed any finite number you pick.  I was told that thirty years ago, and have seen it hold true all this time. 

Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   7/24/2013 11:49:19 AM
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Even Disney agrees with you naperlou:

"To infinity and beyond"

--Buzz Light Year

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   7/24/2013 7:28:08 PM
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Now I'm really going to go back into the archives...The IBM 650 mainframe in the 1950s had a magnetic drum memory that stored 8.5 kBytes of information. So, yes, GTOlover, you're right. History does have a way of humbling us.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   7/24/2013 8:01:04 PM
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Wow, this is really like science fiction. I don't mean the capacity so much as the technology. But I must agree, unlimited has been said before and overturned many times in the history of data storage.

TJ McDermott
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Let's skip petabytes
TJ McDermott   7/25/2013 1:25:24 AM
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This technology will get to us sooner or later; I think they should skip petabytes.  I want a glass drive with exabytes of storage space.

What use could that much space be?  Your Google Glasses could run continuously, along with any other sensors you care to wear.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   7/25/2013 6:42:15 AM
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I'm with you, Ann...a bit skeptical about this, although it sounds pretty amazing and the technology is really innovative. But I am hesitant to jump on board and believe anything that comes with the promise of "unlimited." I think there are limits to just about everything!

GTOlover
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GTOlover   7/25/2013 8:14:28 AM
TJ, your idea of Google glasses sent a chill up my spine. Imagine a day in which literally billions of people wearing devices that record everything they do and everything in their enviroment (including other people). And I think face book is a lot of meaninglessness, imagine people 'posting' their entire day! I semi-joke about 1984 and the coming of big brother and the recent NSA revelations, but the explosion of data storage is making this a reality.

My kids may reminisce about a time when data storage was just movies, music, internet tracking, and CAD. But they may live in an age of life data storage. People's lives being recorded and stored (and not the reality tv crappola). They may even live in a 3D recording and storage of events. Even more scary is to think that every citizen's data being acessed and reconstructed for any 'security' event. Constitutional rights, they woould be old news!\

Even more wild of an idea, births are an event followed by implantation to start the life data recording and storage. Tin hat thinking, maybe. But do you think someone born in the early 1900's would ever imagine a set of glasses streaming images to a digital media and/or the internet? Would they even imagine an internet accessible by your phone?

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