[Chugalug] big 'un

Chad Smith chad78 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 25 17:13:31 UTC 2013


And at $3,200 per month (in 1956!!) they could have hired a team of people
to look stuff up in those 8 books any time they needed to - and to
write/rewrite the information as needed.

($3,200 in 1956 is $27,476 today - which would be $38,400 annually -
$329,712 today.)

According to this:  http://www2.census.gov/prod2/popscan/p60-025.pdf

The average income of a man in the US in 1956 was $3,600.  So they could
have hired at least 10 guys with the 5 MB money.

(Or almost 35 women, who average $1,100 at the same time.)


*- Chad W. Smith*


On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM, Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't know how they marketed that thing.  5,000,000 characters - that's
> about 1,000,000 words - that's about 4,000 pages - or eight 500 page books.
>   That thing was much much larger than a bookshelf which could hold a lot
> more data than that.
>
> *- Chad W. Smith*
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM, Nick Smith <nick at nicksmith.us> wrote:
>
>> Saw this last week and thought it was pretty interesting...
>>
>>
>> http://telstarlogistics.typepad.com/telstarlogistics/2010/01/on-air-freight-and-old-hard-disk-drives.html
>>
>> Thats a whole 5 megs.....and much bigger.....
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM, Ed King <chevyiinova at bellsouth.net>wrote:
>>
>>> John may remember this beast.
>>>
>>> http://s318813070.onlinehome.us/tech/bigun.jpg
>>>
>>> thats a 10 meg (yes, meg) drive from a 1984 Texas Instrument 990 system,
>>> with a modern 3.5 drive sitting on top, for size comparison
>>>
>>>
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