Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Technological Memory

A student in one of my graduate technology classes recently submitted a paper on the evolution of affordable blu-ray recordable drives. I reminded me of when I bought my first PC CD-R device. It was sometime in 1998 and the device cost me somewhere around $100. It wrote at 1x speed, which means that, in terms of writing music CDs, however long it took to play through the entire album, that's how long it took to write the album to disk. At the time, a blank CD-R cost around $3.33 depending on the brand. This little trip down memory lane reminded me of one of the first consumer model CD writers. In my office, we've got an old ad for a Pinnacle 1x CD writer that sold for $3,995 back in 1995. Back then, a blank CD-R would cost you $39.

We've come a long way since then and I can't help but wondering what we'll think of when we look back upon these blu-ray drives and lament about how many of them would fit on the latest holographic drive. Or even quantum drive.

Shut Up And Take My Money!

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