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Can You Guess What This Is?

What is this?

Here’s a brain teaser to get you warmed up for CIL. What is the object on the forklift in the photo? (Hint: It’s appropriate for a conference on computers.) If you think you know, put your answer in a comment.

 

6 Responses to Can You Guess What This Is?

  1. Marydee Ojala April 6, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    Could it be a hard disk drive?

    • Don Hawkins April 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

      Hmmm, could be!

  2. Jill Hurst-Wahl April 6, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    Computer memory.

  3. Don Hawkins April 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Can you be more specific? Memory for what, for example?

  4. Don Hawkins April 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    The answer is: It’s a hard drive for the IBM RAMAC computer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_305_RAMAC) that was introduced in 1956. The hard drive had an amazing(!) 5mB of memory and weighed over a ton. Aren’t you glad you don’t need one of those today?