What’s “normal”?

I started work at 6.00am this morning on some database maintenance. And as I was sitting, waiting for something to update, I began pondering the size of the database and thinking about how much things have changed over the years – what’s relatively normal today would’ve been considered unthinkable when I was first starting in computing.

I bought my first hard drive (roughly) 27 years ago and it held 10MB of data.  It was a bit radical at the time as a lot of drives were only 5MB.

The database (SQL Server) I’m working on just now is 103GB, which in ‘old money’ would have required 9,827 copies of my old 10MB hard drives to hold it.

Makes you think… what’s likely to be the norm in another 27 years?

Posted by Gordon Coulter on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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