Episode 12

Storage Heartbreak


August 5th, 2019

58 mins 5 secs

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About this Episode

We share stories from a time when computer storage was very precious, and the types of storage were still battling it out for the standard.

Plus our proposals to do away with time zones, and a special guest helps give away some games.

Episode Links

  • The radical plan to destroy time zones - The Washington Post — The plan was strikingly simple. Rather than try to regulate a variety of time zones all around the world, we should instead opt for something far easier: Let's destroy all these time zones and instead stick with one big "Universal Time."
  • How India's single time zone is hurting its people - BBC News — The sun rises nearly two hours earlier in the east of India than in the far west. Critics of the single time zone have argued that India should move to two different standard times to make the best use of daylight in eastern India, where the sun rises and sets much earlier than the west. People in the east need to start using their lights earlier in the day and hence use more electricity.
  • Sirens of Scream Podcast — Three lady geeks explore the dark side of comics, games, film and tv. The spooky and sinister, the gory and gross; nothing is off limits.
  • SirensPodcast on Twitter
  • Time Capsule For The Year 2957 Discovered at MIT — As we’ve seen time and again, most time capsules are incredibly boring. But MIT recently discovered a time capsule filled with some amazing materials from 1957 inside. It’s not supposed to be opened until the year 2957, and thankfully MIT is honoring that wish.
  • A Moment in Time: Time capsule found during construction at MIT — Back in the early stages of construction for MIT.nano, members of the crew stumbled upon something that clearly didn't belong: A time capsule buried in 1957 as part of the dedication to the Compton Laboratories.
  • Relic from last century | MIT News — During excavation for MIT.nano, the Department of Facilities unearthed an unexpected relic between buildings 12 and 26: a time capsule buried on June 5, 1957, to commemorate the opening of the Karl Taylor Compton Laboratories.
  • A partially disassembled IBM 350 (RAMAC)
  • Iomega Jaz (1996 – 2002) | Museum of Obsolete Media — Introduced by Iomega in 1996, the Jaz disk was a removable hard-disk storage system, that initially had a capacity of 1 GB (a 2 GB version was released in 1998).
  • Jaz drive - Wikipedia — Following the success of the Iomega Zip drive, which stored data on removable magnetic cartridges with 100MB nominal capacity, the company developed and released the Jaz drive. Initially the drive featured 1GB capacity per removable disk; this was increased to 2GB in 1998.
  • MiniDisc - Wikipedia — MiniDisc (MD) is a magneto-optical disc-based data storage format offering a capacity of 60, 74 minutes and, later, 80 minutes, of digitized audio or 1 gigabyte of Hi-MD data. Sony brand audio players were on the market in September 1992.
  • PocketZip - Wikipedia — It was known as the "Clik!" drive until the click of death class action lawsuit regarding mass failures of Iomega's Zip drives. Thenceforth, it was renamed to PocketZip.
  • Music | AKAW! — Intro: Bird Brain Outro: El Guapo