For anyone who didn’t catch the reference I made in my previous post here (stealing from Kevin Smith on that one), I don’t think I’ll be “chasing Amy” any more. In truth, I stopped doing that even before she left, but it’s comforting to finally (I think) understand the “disconnect”.
One of the basic contradictions I’ve been trying to figure out is the difference between how I saw Amy and how some of my friends saw her. As is always the case for me, though, I’m not able to fully understand something unless I have words for it. This morning, I think I finally figured it out. Hang on, because this one is definitely going to be a bumpy ride. ;)
I had a bit of a double-take this morning that I wanted to share.
The first computer I used (an Apple IIe) had 64 kilobytes of RAM (actually, I guess it’s technically more correct to write kibibytes). The densest permanent storage I had access to were single-sided 5.25-inch floppy disks (I remember feeling quite proud when I got my first “notcher” which allowed me to put a professional-looking write-protect notch on the other side). I had to look up the exact number, but the Apple DOS 3.3 format stored 140KiB per side of a 5.25-inch floppy.
This morning, I did a double-take when I realized that I could store a 444 megabyte (mebibyte, actually) file on my hard drive without having to be concerned at all about the space consumed (it used less than 0.1% of the total storage on the drive).
That’s a comparison to give you an idea how far mass-produced, consumer-level technology has come in 30 years. :)