Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

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Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:36 am

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Does the arrival of microSD cards in the hundreds of GB or even TB range open the door to new applications for this tech?

Are you as gobsmacked as I am at just how rapidly storage technology has advanced and how those advances don't seem to be slowing at all?

How many of you though that a 10MB hard drive was *huge*, back in the day?

What would you use a 400GB microSD card for?
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Re: Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

Postby phill » Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:40 am

aardvark_admin wrote:

What would you use a 400GB microSD card for?


storing ~ 380 GB of files and data
and in about 5 years wondering why i couldn't afford a larger more usefull one at the time
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Re: Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

Postby Muz » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:09 pm

Loading in my drone and spying on the neighbours ?
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Re: Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

Postby Screw » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:12 pm

Heck I thought that my Commodore Amiga with a 1Mb HDD (a 1Mb HDD was about $100.00 then) was expensive! Wondered what I was going to do with all that capacity! :shock:

Today a Tb is the norm!
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Re: Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

Postby hagfish » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:52 pm

In these days of fibre internet, I'm more interested in access speed, than storage capacity. I don't generate hi-res video, I don't have a dragon's hoard of ripped DVDs, and if I want to play a 20GB game, it's only a 5-minute download away.

Read-speeds are important to me, tho. I like to hit the power button on my PC, take a sip of my drink, and have a usable desktop by the time I put my tea down. As far as I/O goes, new NVMe drives look great on paper, but unless that translates into real-world performance, I'll be sticking with my trusty little 120GB SSD for a while yet.
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Re: Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

Postby Kiwiiano » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:34 pm

It's not just the storage, it's the size. You could load an awesome amount of data in a tiny sliver of plastic and good luck to the authority trying to find it concealed in luggage or about one's person.
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Re: Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

Postby hiscoca » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:03 pm

My immediate thought was opps darn that is a lot of data to lose in one go, as in misplace such a small device, it also sought of redefines the old sneaker net ;)
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Re: Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

Postby Malcolm » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:50 pm

hiscoca wrote:My immediate thought was opps darn that is a lot of data to lose in one go, as in misplace such a small device, it also sought of redefines the old sneaker net ;)

Yes, how many of these can you pack in to a Transit van?
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Re: Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

Postby Hiro Protagonist » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:49 am

If you're a 'person of interest' to any three letter agencies. Make sure you always carry a few of them on you filled with files containing random data. It will give them something to do on rainy days.
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Re: Big things in small packages (1 Sep, 2017)

Postby Malcolm » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:55 am

Hiro Protagonist wrote:If you're a 'person of interest' to any three letter agencies. Make sure you always carry a few of them on you filled with files containing random data. It will give them something to do on rainy days.

I hope you don't have anywhere to be urgently if you do that.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/l ... two-years/

One comment about that noted. If you have any old hard drives around, don't leave them encrypted or even wiped with random data which could look like it is encrypted. If you can't decrypt it they will make you wait in a room until you do.
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