Two Hard Drive Notes

Today’s Nobel Prize in Physics is for the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance. This was discovered less than twenty years ago, and now you use it in your iPod. Less than twenty years from unknown to ubiquitous: The Singularity is Near. On that Nobel Prize link, note that the page 1 graph is logarithmic. That is a >100x improvement in a decade.

If you have an iPod and still have some money to toss around, why not convert your computer entirely to flash memory? Hard drives with moving parts are so unreliable, and that 320GB drive will cost a little less than $10,000.

: Zubon

2 thoughts on “Two Hard Drive Notes”

  1. I hear tell that the $50/g is for commercial solutions. I’d expect commercial versions to be slightly slower and much cheaper. Also, you can’t use them above 10,000 ft. Which means I guess you’re boned if you know…you’re climbing Mt. Everest or something.

  2. $50 a gig? You can get usb drives for less than $10 a gig. That ram may not be as fast but still, plenty of people boot off it or use it for portable applications. I’ve seen SD cards for just a little more.

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