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February 18, 2006

Retrospective – Media

Recently I decided to take a photo for a presentation about information overload.  I’ve submitted it to when (and if) it’s accepted it will be in my profile.

The interesting part was looking back at the media I’ve used over the years since a lot of it made it into the photo…

  • 5.25“ Floppy disks (Commodore 64, PCs, etc.) [Didn’t make the photo]
  • QIC Tape (Of a dozen or so capacities — remember Jumbo?) [Didn’t make the Photo]
  • 3.5“ Floppy disks
  • 4 MM tapes (2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 12GB, 20GB, etc)
  • ZIP Drive
  • Jaz Drive
  • 8MM tapes (5GB, 7GB, etc.)
  • DVD/DVD-+R
  • Magneto-Optical (1GB, called MO)

I also enjoyed cleaning up wondering why I was even bothering to keep the ZIP disks since I carry a 1GB miniSD card with me in my phone at all times and generally have 512MB of USB thumb drives too.  The MO is cool to have around since it’s rare, but there’s positively no reason I can think of to use the ZIP drive in today’s market.

The only reason I kept the floppies was because occaisionally I have to flash a motherboard BIOS.  How about you what are you holding on to?

GROK – A Definition

While giving a recent presentation (I did two this week), I mentioned the word GROK and I mentioned I didn’t know where it came from only that it seems to be “hip”.  (A word which is no longer “hip” itself.)  My working definition was that it was to completely understand, to take into one’s self.

One of the gentlement in the audience was kind enough to mention that it came from a Robert Heinlein book, Stranger in a Strange Land. A quick search and I came up with this.  It’s a much more complete definition than the one I was using.

Was I the only one on the planet who didn’t know where GROK came from?

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