Bits Stored on a Single Molecule Could Lead to Petabyte SSDs

If there's one fact of computing life, it's that there's never enough damn storage, and if you think it's bad now, just wait 'til you're downloading 4K movies. Still, research is at least keeping up, and now scientists can store bits of information on single molecules—which could pave the way for petabyte SSDs. » 7/11/12 8:33am 7/11/12 8:33am

Giz Explains: What's So Awesome About 64-Bit?

The phrase "64-bit" has been tossed around lately, the most it's been since the Nintendo 64. If you haven't heard it, pay attention. One of the most important steps forward in computer power is happening right under your nose, but most people don't know thanks to the sneaky efforts of Microsoft and Apple. Though… » 11/05/08 2:00pm 11/05/08 2:00pm

Punch Cards to Laserdisc: History of Computer Storage in Pics

Over at Royal Pingdom there's a fascinating little picture history of computer storage from the year dot nearly up to the present day. Who knew that hard disks were once the size of a small car? Not me, though I remember being surprised when finding an 8-inch floppy disk in an old science workstation once. And probably … » 4/08/08 4:30pm 4/08/08 4:30pm

Death of the Disc: Physical Media Extinct by 2010?

Our own Adam Frucci, also of Sci Fi Tech fame, pokes fun at the arrogance and naïveté of purveyors of physical disc formats with a eulogy he magically delivers from the year 2010. He sets the stage with a little background about how President Obama has personally cured cancer and AIDS, there's a colony on the moon, and… » 12/08/06 11:40am 12/08/06 11:40am