It is rumored that Bill Gates once said, “640K ought to be enough for anybody.” back in 1981. He denies ever saying it although personally, I’m not sure why he cares. If I had $50 billion I don’t think I would even be able to hear rumors about me through my solid gold bedroom doors as I lay down in my bed made of rubies and emeralds Richie Rich style.
Still, it is kind of a goofy statement to make and shows that people can be a little shortsighted. I had my own Bill Gates moment a year ago when we bought a new computer. It had a 500Gb hard drive and I had another 250Gb external drive hooked up to it. I remember looking at it and thinking my days of upgrading were done.
Of course this last week my computer laughed in my face as it warned me that I was down to less than 10Gb in each drive. It even showed me a red bar graph to really rub it in, because nothing is more depressing and scary than a red bar warning graph.
Much like the 20 pounds I put on since college I have no idea how it got to this point. But somehow between our music, documents, software and family photos and videos we have managed to fill up 480 Gb of hardrive space. That amount of space should hold about 500 copies of the Encylopedia Brittanica, a summary of everything in the world.
Somehow I have stored enough pictures and videos of my son pouring juice on his head that it takes up more space than the sum total of our collective human knowledge. This is both awesome and frightening.