Mind Speaks: E-volution to excessiveness
E-volution to excessiveness
It was lying idle for quite some time. To be fair to that time limit, it has remained not in use for more than 5 years now. During its days, it was a king on its own merit.
You must be wondering, what I am talking about?
It is nothing but a 1 GB Desktop, I assembled and used for a long time. It had some of the best features handpicked and assembled including the high end hard disk, memory cards, a good resolution graphic card and monitor.
Today, I thought, I find time to re-assemble it once again. It used to be a hobby once upon a time to assemble PCs of choice.
Dissecting it into pieces brought again lot of memories.
What significantly stood out was the floppy disk option it had.
Suddenly, I thought about the 1980s, when all the computing work was done using an 8 inch floppy diskette. It was big and fragile and could handle about 500 KB of data. Imagine those days the accounting activities were more manual and some used Lotus 123. Both sides of the floppy diskettes were used and it writes data into the diskette with a loud noise! Those were also the days the data was stored only in floppy disks.
Years passed and then the 5 1/4 inch floppy diskettes arrive with more data space, at times up to 1200 KB (1.2 MB).
Then the 3½ inch compact floppy disks with 1.44 MB space arrived.
There has been no dearth in terms of storage options with hard disks coming out with bigger in terms of storage space and smaller in terms of physical size.
Now USB storage disks come in small size with 2 TB size even.
Life goes on and what used to be once an integral part of my professional and personal computing activities have now become redundant and retired.
What next? Everything is in unclear and remains suspense as in the cloud!
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
30th July 2016