Friday, February 11, 2011

miniaturization, and "eighth"

I totally owned one of these. It was about 6 inches long and half an inch thick. (I realize that this latter sentence leaves me open to certain snide remarks being made.)

Now I own one of these. It's about an inch wide and about an eighth of an inch thick. It holds exactly 1 million times as much information as the first one (yes, it's a different sort of memory, but it still works out.)

By the way--when you say "eighth" out loud, do you pronounce it "tth", that is, with a hard t followed by the th sound? Or do you simply pronounce it with the th sound?


  1. yep yep. it's amazing how things have changed during our lifetime as far as technology goes.


  2. Hey Brooke,

    What's really fascinating is that the person who strongly solved the game of connect four, using their universities super computer, had to do a whole bunch of extra mathematics because that supercomputer lacked 2 GB of hard drive space.

  3. both the t and the th. weird that you noticed.

  4. A-th. I never heard anyone say 8-th.

  5. Martin, Joe--I've since learned that Aussies, who for the most part seemingly say "eight-th", aren't actually making the dental or interdental plosive "t" there, but are actually rather making a glottal stop that sounds remarkably like the plosive.