[FoRK] Or... 1 TB for free

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Wed May 19 12:26:36 PDT 2004

On Wed, May 19, 2004 at 12:07:54PM -0700, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:

> E.g. I remember a single floppy in '79 feeling about as roomy as
> the average laptop disk (20GB or 40GB) now. In fact when I

Did anyone play with FORTH screens on 720 k floppies? 68k FORTH at 7.1 MHz
was very usable, and it could compile as fast as a Quantum 120LPS could

There might be a revival of minimalist machines, at least among hobbyists,
when organic/polymer electronic kits hit the streets.

> think about storage on the IMSAI, it seems incredible that it
> didn't have a hard disk. And yet I remember several years later,
> when a professor at Harvey Mudd had bought a 10 MB disk
> for his Compaq, thinking how stupid that was because (1)
> it was far too large to back up onto floppy in any reasonable
> amount of time, and (2) there was no way anyone could fill
> up that much space.

Dunno about data (HDTV movies do need bits), but our code is 
ridiculously bloated. Linux distributions are filling a complete DVD right
now. Look:

[root at localhost root]# df -k
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hde2             18337612   6796356  11541256  38% /
/dev/hdc1            245104192   6183264 238920928   3% /home
none                    514044         0    514044   0% /dev/shm

Patently ridiculous. Compleat gcc alone is some 550 MBytes uncompressed.
Ideal gas software.

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