Memory is cheap.
I am signed up to a number of email subscriptions for various video and animation information sites as well as electronics stores to always stay up-to-date on the latest news and technology (and its changing price). Today I received an email advertising a special deal on SDHC Memory cards, with a 4GB capacity priced at $16.99.
This makes me think of the fanciful stories of giant computers filling up rooms, eating and spitting out cards or reels of paper with holes punched in seemingly arbitrary order. I imagine stepping into one of rooms, and handing this memory card to one of the engineers just to watch their reaction and disbelief.
Working with video at DDA, we are always handling large video files. Sometimes the files can even exceed 10GB, especially with HD video. DDA has always been extremely diligent about safeguarding and archiving client files. We have whole file cabinets filled with old DVD-RAM discs, Zip Discs, CDs, and DVDs. Now, even the hard-drives themselves are being archived.
I guess I really don’t have much to sum up in this blog entry, but rather just an observation of the always changing forms, portability, capacity and cost of data storage and the way it changes our lives by changing the ways we work and entertain ourselves; more, cheaper, faster.