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Technology anthropology: The world's first hard drive

Don't laugh. Just think what they'll be thinking about our tech 60 years from now?

This very cool article from Wired.com celebrates the 1956 introduction of the world's first hard disk drive by IBM.

IBM unleashed the world’s first computer hard disk drive in 1956. It was bigger than a refrigerator. It weighed more than a ton. And it looked kinda like one of those massive cylindrical air conditioning units that used to sit outside your grade school cafeteria.

The film below, produced at the same time by IBM, is really worth taking in.  It's a fascinating bit of technological anthropology. 

My favorite quote from the article comes from one of the two engineers who restored an old RAMAC (the larger system of which the hard drive was a component) for the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, Joe Feng:

“The RAMAC data is thermodynamically stable for longer than the expected lifetime of the universe."


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