Is Compact Flash not a Sony mem card format?
No, it's technically a SanDisk format, but one that's become moderately popular in the storage arena. Sony's contribution, which they refuse (with typical Soniness) to believe has gone nowhere outside of their own products, is the Memory Stick.
Owning no CF-using devices (my camera uses plain, non-HC SecureDigital cards), I'll give this one a lukewarm huzzah. The 90 MB/s on the pictured card would put it in the speed range of a decent HD, though.
"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."
I use SD cards on both of my SLR's and my Mini-CamCorder too. I can't see replacing my Bling just to change formats any time soon. So,...lukewarm in Virginia as well.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
I think it's time for a reality check, which can be cashed (with two forms of ID) at any reality bank.
A petabyte being 1000 terabytes, and the new standard being good for up to 144 PB (higher than that we get into exabyte, zettabyte, and yottabyte, which are just plain silly; the last one sounds more like an energy bar), we have examples of flash memory up to 256 GB at the moment: specifically, the Kingston Datatraveller 310, retailing for $844.
One terabyte worth of these would be $3376; one petabyte, $3,376,000; and the full 144 PB monte (and yes, I used a calculator for this) would be $486,144,000.
Hey, President Obama! I just figured out a way to solve the trade deficit!
Admittedly, the Datatraveller is not the best price-per-byte out there. That winner seems to be an $8, 4 GB drive from MicroCenter. At $2 per gigabyte, that 144 PB drive would run you $288,000,000. Quite the savings!
But wait, there's more: The smallest 4 GB flash drive currently available, one of which is from Super Talent (a few others, though they claimed the world's smallest, wouldn't give dimensions) and is 6g in weight, 1319.608 mm3 (0.000001319608 liter) in volume.
As my assembly language professor used to say, "Everything counts in large amounts." That same size multiplied by 36,000,000 (144 PB divided by 4 GB) comes out to 475 liters: that's 237 two-liter bottles of Mountain Dew Throwback plus a 32 ounce Big Gulp,
which would require a good-sized refrigerator such as the Haier 475
litre Premium No Frost Top Mount Refridgerator:
and which would weigh in at 216,000 kilograms, 820 times the Olympic clean & jerk
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