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May 31, 2017

In all my years of working with data, there's one think I've learned: it always grow. Over the years, I've gone from having to store data in these sizes:

  • A few KB on cassette tapes as a middle school kid
  • Using 360k floppies to 720k for programming, then 1.44MB to 100MB ZIP drives to 600MB CDs to 4GB DVDs
  • 10MB HDDs that grew quickly to be GBs and currently are TB sized in my desktop
  • A flip phone that could handle dozens of contacts with a SIM card to MBs of data in a T-Mobile G1 to a 64GB phone today

In that time, I've often filled up many of those devices and needed more space. I am looking forward to seeing capacities grow again. My 64GB phone is full of pictures and video, and I need to manage the space periodically. The same thing for the 500GB in my laptop and the 2TB on my desktop. I need to add storage, and archive off some older information, but I certainly don't want to lose any data, especially my pictures. Those might be the most valuable bits I have.

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