Friday, August 6, 2010

Off-Beat Friday Links- Exabytes and Everclear

Shamelessly ripping off Abnormal Use's Friday Links, I will discuss a couple of topics that wander somewhat from practice and productivity.

Google's Eric Schmidt, speaking at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe this week, expounded a bit on the accelerating amount of data we are producing:

"There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003," Schmidt said, "but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing...People aren't ready for the technology revolution that's going to happen to them...."

Before you even get to all the privacy implications of all this data, you might ask yourself just how much information is that? Not surprising that you would look to a project called "How Much Information?" for the answer. According to the folks at Berkeley, 5 exabytes is "equivalent in size to the information contained in 37,000 new libraries the size of the Library of Congress book collections." This site also provides some real-world descriptions of the other "---byte" measurements, which may be helpful to those practitioners trying to navigate the world of electronic discovery.

Now that we are flying up the change and disruption curve so quickly that my kids play with old smart phones possessing more processing power than the computers on Apollo 11, it is indeed nostalgic to think back to simpler times.

With that in mind, I leave you with some analog memories from Everclear. Have a Nice Day.