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Podcast 065

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217.67.25.236: "Atwood guessing there were GB harddrives in 1964"
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Spolsky: edit me!

Atwood: edit me!

Spolsky: if you look closely you'll discover that it was built in 1964. A big computer might have had a 256k of main memory. So how much code could there be in 256k, right ? Like how long could it possibly take to rewrite that using a modern language with all the advances we've made since the '60s. If you could start from fresh, figure out exactly what it's solving, it could not be that complicated because it's gotta fit into 256k. With the data.

Atwood: and even then the biggest harddrive was what like a gig, that was enormous...