· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · March
· · · · 10 (2 entries)

Half a Billion Bibles · I spent the day in meet­ings with a mak­er of stor­age tech­nol­o­gy; it seems quite pos­si­ble that Visu­al Net will find a handy ap­pli­ca­tion with these folk­s. My mind is just now un­bog­gling, be­cause these guys deal with disk sub­sys­tems mea­sured in tens of ter­abytes. One cus­tomer, they said, is man­ag­ing three petabytes up and down the East Coast. At this point in the meet­ing, I got re­al qui­et for a while while a ham­ster in the back of my head got stuck on the tread­mill of all those ze­roes. Um er 3,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. We se­ri­ous­ly need some per­spec­tive ...
Mapping the Penalties of Failure · Below is a pic­ture of of a map that hangs in my of­fice; it shows an area in the Balka­ns and was cre­at­ed around 1790. I bought it in a dusty lit­tle book­store in Juneau Alaska, but that's an­oth­er sto­ry. It's in­scribed in French, Pol­ish, and Turk­ish (writ­ten pre-reform in Ara­bic scrip­t). Like many maps it's very beau­ti­ful, but it's more than a lit­tle weird, and car­ries an im­por­tant lesson ...
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