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System architecture was documented in the 305 RAMAC Manual of Operatio...

wikipedia - 13 Sep 2016
System architecture was documented in the 305 RAMAC Manual of Operation. The 305 was a character-oriented variable "word" length decimal (BCD) computer with a drum memory rotating at 6000 RPM that held 3200 alphanumeric characters. A core memory buffer of 100 characters was used for temporary storage during data transfers.
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Visualizing the Trillion-Fold Increase in Computing Power

Visual Capitalist (blog) - 05 Nov 2017
In the 1970s, data storage equipment was serious business. The IBM 305 RAMAC, for example, weighed a ton and measured 16 square feet. The RAMAC's storage capacity? Just 5MB. Thankfully, hard disks are no longer the size of filing cabinets.
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CW@50: Data storage goes from $1M to 2 cents per gigabyte (+video)

Computerworld - 23 Mar 2017
Created as high-speed storage for the IBM 305 RAMAC system, the IBM 350 weighed about a ton. It was 68 inches tall and 29 inches wide. Though it had to be transported with a forklift, it was revolutionary; it stored more data than any previous system ...
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Tech Time Warp of the Week: The World's First Hard Drive, 1956

Wired - 03 Jan 2014
This seminal hard drive was part of a larger machine known as the IBM 305 RAMAC, short for "Random Access Method of Accounting and Control," and in the classic promotional video below, you can see the thing in action during its glory days. Better yet ...
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Random Music News for Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Journal of Musical Things (blog) - 13 Sep 2017
On this day in 1956, the IBM 305 RAMAC computer was introduced, the first machine with a hard disk drive. It had a storage capacity of 5MB(!!!) and was leased to clients for $3200 a month (more than $30,000 in today's cash.) And now, the music news for ...
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South Africa's first computers

MyBroadband - 27 Jul 2015
South Africa has a rich computing history, with some of the first machines in the country dating back to 1921 when tabulating equipment from the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company – IBM's predecessor – was used in SA. The next milestone for South ...
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The Storage Engine

Forbes - 18 Mar 2016
An engine is a machine with moving parts that converts power into motion. Hard disk drives are a storage engine with moving parts and electronics that converts motion into information. At the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California a group ...
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Tech Tuesday: 1956 Hard Disk Drive vs. 2013 Flash Drive - 18 Jun 2013
ABOVE VIDEO: IBM 305 RAMAC. IBM introduces its 305 RAMAC and 650 RAMAC machines. The first to use a magnetic hard disk for data storage, RAMAC technology becomes an industry standard. The storage capacity of the 305's 50 two-foot-wide disks ...
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Is This the First Time Anyone Printed, 'Garbage In, Garbage Out'?

Atlas Obscura - 14 Mar 2016
Three years later a print book appeared, in its second edition, confirming that Fuechsel had indeed coined the term, and that he was an IBM 305 RAMAC instructor. In 2011 that book was added as a footnote to the Wikipedia page. Citation no longer needed.
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Mad Dog 21/21: Wintel Overture

IT Jungle - 04 Apr 2016
The processor, named IBM 305 RAMAC, was created using vacuum tube logic circuits and other technologies of the mid-twentieth century. It weighed a more than a ton and required kilowatts of power. It may seem almost laughable compared to today's ...
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IBM Goes West: A 73-Year-Long Saga, From Punch Cards To Watson

Fast Company - 28 Oct 2016
Next week, IBM is formally opening Watson West—a San Francisco outpost for its Watson “cognitive technology” platform, which the company is training to help everyone from doctors to merchants make smarter decisions. Occupying three floors of a ...
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7 Bizarre FrankenPCs That Are Better Off Dead |

PC Magazine - 18 Jun 2015
Similar to the DataBlocks system we saw earlier, the IBM Instruments Computer System thrived on being a monstrous assemblage of modular parts (sort of like Voltron, but less awesome) for scientific use. If Dr. Frankenstein had dug up a bunch of dead ...
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The evolution of hard disk drives

PC World Magazine - 07 Jan 2011
IBM 350 Disk Storage Unit The 350 Disk Storage System was a major component of the IBM 305 RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control) system, which was introduced in September 1956. It consisted of 40 platters and a dual read/write ...
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Million-Year Data Storage Disk Unveiled

MIT Technology Review - 22 Oct 2013
Back in 1956, IBM introduced the world's first commercial computer capable of storing data on a magnetic disk drive. The IBM 305 RAMAC used fifty 24-inch discs to store up to 5 MB, an impressive feat in those days. Today, however, it's not difficult to ...
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What 5MB of Storage Looked Like in 1956

PetaPixel - 09 Jun 2014
This photo shows what 5MB of hard drive storage looked like in 1956. The IBM 305 RAMAC hard disk was state of the art, weighed just shy of a ton, required a forklift to be carried around, and was composed of 50 separate 24-inch discs that occupied 16 ...
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60 years of storage innovation

Computerworld Australia - 18 Aug 2010
The IBM 350 Disk Storage was a major component of the IBM 305 RAMAC (Random Access Memory Accounting) system. It was used with the IBM 305 RAMAC to provide storage capacities of five, 10, 15 or 20 million characters. In less than a second, the IBM ...

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