DailyDirt: Storing Digital Bits In More Ways

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"Lots of copies keeps stuff safe" is an archivist mantra for preserving data for a long, long time. It certainly looks like there's no end to the development of data storage. We have magnetic tape (multiple varieties), CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, HD-DVDs, hard drives, solid state drives and the list goes on and on. Certain industries seem to make money every time there's a shift from, say, LPs to cassettes to CDs (to streaming?), but what happens when everyone can store every song ever recorded in the palm of their hand? Technology isn't there yet, but it might be soon. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

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    Jor-El, 5 Oct 2015 @ 6:28pm

    "Storing digital information in minerals could create memory technology that's durable for a million years"

    As my son, Kal-El learned, crystals can be more then tools.

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 6 Oct 2015 @ 7:17am

    That 3D Xpoint thing looks very interesting, but a few points it doesn't mention. It's 1000x faster than flash memory, but how does it stack up on heat, power consumption, and price?

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Oct 2015 @ 11:24pm

    I remember when CDs were made to stand for 100 years. I still have some of those spinning.

    Then came the treehuggers demanding that CD makers use biodegradable plastic. CD makers embraced the idea, because you know, save the planet, rewrite your CDs every six months otherwise you lose your data.

    When will we have biodegradable crystals, really?

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    Rekrul, 7 Oct 2015 @ 9:02am

    I'm sure these will make great companions to IBM's atom-level data storage which should be available "any day now".

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