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Ross Campbell BS: You think Your Hard Drive Is Big Enough? (44) RE: BS: You think Your Hard Drive Is Big Enough? 01 Nov 12

Sounds like my original IBM Portable which would have sold for about 1000 thirty years ago. Heavy but neat machine which had a detachable thermal printer. Two floppy drives, no hard drive, small amount of RAM that programs could be loaded into. No battery, huge 12V transformer. I think I was still using it ten years later, despite difficulty getting priter ribbons and paper. Converted to Apple with the gift of my brother's old IIe machine, which I seem to remember just had 40Mb hard drive.

I used to program ICL System 4 and later 2900 range mainframe machines.
"Tight" coding was essential then because of the exorbitant cost of storage. As costs came down, ways of organising storage changed. When I transferred Word Perfect files from my old Apple machine to MS Word files for the the next computer (a beige G3) about 2000, I was horrified to see my files expand from 2Kb to as much as 40Kb each - but the 4GB hard drive still wasn't full five years after.


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