This Nearly Indestructible Data Storage Disc Will Last a Billion Years

Long term data storage is tricky. Hard discs and magnetic tapes lose their charge, CDs and DVDs are easy to scratch, and forget about punch cards. Now a student at the University of Twente has developed an optical storage system he says will survive for up to a billion years — even if you barbecue it. » 10/17/13 12:00pm 10/17/13 12:00pm

How Do You Back Up Your Data These Days?

When I joined Gmail in 2007 the concept of eliminating deleter's regret changed how I managed all of my data. I went from keeping important things and purging everything else to implementing archive mentality in my whole life. Now I only think twice about keeping huge photo dumps or files larger than about 500MB. Other … » 8/18/13 2:00pm 8/18/13 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