Storage space: the final frontier

Every now and then, I remember the start screen of my old Commodore 64, which boasted “64K RAM SYSTEM” and “38911 BASIC BYTES FREE”.

Stuff like this often serves as a trigger to that, um, memory:

[T]he supply of data technically outstrips the supply of places to put it.

IDC estimates that the world had 185 exabytes of storage available last year and will have 601 exabytes in 2010. But the amount of stuff generated is expected to jump from 161 exabytes last year to 988 exabytes (closing in on one zettabyte) in 2010.

An exabyte is one billion gigabytes, or what you’ll need to install Windows 2012.

One question remains unanswered, and Terry brings it up:

No mention of what the amount would be if porn were subtracted.

Oh, a couple of gig, easily.

(And speaking of Commodore….)





3 comments

  1. Dwayne "the canoe guy" »

    7 March 2007 · 7:39 am

    I would think it would be a couple of giggity-giggity-goo’s of space.

  2. Dan B »

    7 March 2007 · 3:39 pm

    Take out the pr0n you’d need less than one-tenth of the space.

    Taking it to another level and quoting Cecil Adams of The Straight Dope: “If truth were the filtering criterion you could fit the entire contents of the Internet on a floppy disk.”

  3. Mister Snitch! »

    7 March 2007 · 4:52 pm

    But… but… the Internet is FOR porn!

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