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an assortment of images that struck me in 2016

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email the entire Wisconsin state legislature if you want

Ever wanted to send a message to every Wisconsin state senator and representative in the legislature? Here are their email addresses:

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single floppy disk

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I came across this Commodore 64 floppy disk drive in its original box at the hackerspace. Remember the days when floppy drives were this big? I don’t… just a little too early for me.

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What people die from

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click for full size. Not known whether this data is global or specific to a nation or region.

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movement of new yorkers over 24 hours

Visualization based on check-ins from Foursquare, a location-based social network.

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teen birthrate vs. abstinence-only education and income

 

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visualizing digital information storage volumes

I saw that 4 terabyte 3.5″ hard disks have recently become available for $169, which made me ruminate on how much data that actually is, and how far storage density has come. My first few computers used 1.44MB floppy disks, so that’s my frame of reference. I also spent many hot summers in the mid 90s mowing lawns to afford 44MB SyQuest removable hard disk cartridges, which cost about $1.00 per megabyte. In comparison, a megabyte on the 4 TB drive costs $0.00004 at this time of this writing (10/7/2013).

To visualize this, I have generated these charts to illustrate prospective. The unit by which I chose to measure storage is the 1.44MB floppy disk, since they are so familiar to me. These are the heights of floppy disk stacks (at 3mm per diskette)  it would take to equate to modern storage mediums. I hope this gives you some appreciation for the volume of data capable of being stored and processed by modern systems.

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emerging megaregions

Do you live in a megaregion? VaszE

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