May 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm #28701
Thought this would be good to show everyone, Researchers in Australia have managed to prove that we could get 300 DVD's on one disc by using something they refer to now as “5-D” recording, using Nano technology which is considerably cheaper and probably easier to manufacture than current discs.The potential size could be anything upto 1.6 Terabytes, what the heck would you do with 1.6 Terabytes (or 1600GB or 1,600,000MB)? Which is about 400,000 songs, Based on an a size of 4MB per song and if you think that most songs average about 4 minutes that's 1.6 million minutes of Music (Or Over 26,600 hours or 1111 days), now isn't that a lot 😮 😮And if the spacer layers on the disc are thinned down and using more than 2 polarisation angles then the potential could be anything upto 10 Terabytes, now that is a lot!What makes me wonder is that currently Blu-Ray films are something like 20GB, I think? How would we use all that space, I barely use 75GB, I'm only using 55GB of space at the moment on a 250GB HDD, the DVD-R's of it probably wouldn't sell very well I would assume you'd probably see that most go for the RW's, although then again I'm not sure when this would be Commercialised so it's hard to tell how Software will advance along with the current pace of Hardware, which I think it is going well with some programs now using the multiple core computers more commonly around as well as the extra RAM and Graphics power so I guess we'll see.The article is linked below along with the first few paragraphs of the story, anyway wonder what others think of this?Quoted Article - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8060082.stmQuote:A new optical recording method could pave the way for data discs with 300 times the storage capacity of standard DVDs, Nature journal reports.The researchers say this could see a whopping 1.6 terabytes of information fit on a DVD-sized disc.They describe their method as "five-dimensional" optical recording and say it could be commercialised.May 21, 2009 at 10:46 pm #31929
Just think when computers first came out they had a mere 1gb hard drive. We managed then. Then they grew to 5gb, 10gb, 20gb..When someone had a 20gb hard drive we were in awe….WOW….Well now look at us…80gb is just on the verge of being ok, and 500gb is the average now. There's your answer... Have storage space, will fill... I know I have collected an amazing amount of data over the years and I think that even more things will be stored digitally soon.. The thing is they are also making file sizes smaller. LOLI would love to get hold of a few of those discs so I can throw all the extras I have away. Yes I still have discs even though I have nearly 2 terabytes of working hard drive space in my house.May 22, 2009 at 12:35 pm #31930
Must have been 1GB in the late 90's because in the mid 90's when I first used a computer (I was about 5) it had a 400MB HDD on a Computer that cost my Dad Â£1500.May 23, 2009 at 8:02 am #31931
Sorry Woody I did not want to make myself look too old…LOL… My first computer was a VIC 20 and I it hardly had a hard drive at all…. And the next one I had was a 256mghz which was a rocket at the time and cost $1,800 in about 1985.. My mum bought it for me because I loved computers… Windows 3.1 was just maybe invented but I didn't have it. So everything was done through dos, which was a real challenge. In the end I ended up getting Windows 3.1 and I thought it was amazing. Now to see Vista and Windows 7 is a far cry from those days. I spose this is why I need loads of storage space because I have been collecting digital files for years. I would buy those discs asap if I could...May 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm #31932
No need to say sorry? I was just mentioning my first experience of Comps.At bit more detail on that Computer might go well, I forget exact details of the Spec but know roughly what they are, but do know the OS was the new Windows 95 then, I thought it was the bees knees playing some old computer game on it.The spec was something like Pentium 5 or 6 it ran at around 200-250mhz I think16MB RAMAnd as I mentioned the 400MB HDDWhat a Powerhouse!!! LOL ;D 😀 ;DSo I have a rough idea of how Computers have changed since then to now 8)May 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm #31933
My first experience with computers were the two they had in the University library in 1979. One was a TandyTRS80, with a tiny screen of maybe 6″ according to my faded memory. We used to play a basic grid reference game called 'Klingons'on it, the most of keyboard character only graphics, etc. I dont remember anything about its specs, but it used to take 40 minutes to load the 'Klingons'game into the computer via cassette tape every time you wanted to play it…..A vastly superior computer came to the library about mid term, it had a huge 12"colour screen, some games ( i loved ''Lemonade Tycoon") with real graphics, and although it also loaded from cassette tape, it was infinitely faster. This was the very first Apple i think lol
Mitz from Tips4pcMay 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm #31934
wow… i only knew of the holodisks they are working on. 1 TB disks, but 1.6?
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