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Big Data Demystified by David Stephenson

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Chapter 1

The story of big data

We’ve always struggled with storing data. Not long ago, our holidays were remembered at a cost of $1 per photo. We saved only the very best TV shows and music recitals, overwriting older recordings. Our computers always ran out of memory.

Newer, cheaper technologies turned up the tap on that data flow. We bought digital cameras, and we linked our computers to networks. We saved more data on less expensive computers, but we still sorted and discarded information continuously. We were frugal with storage, but the data we stored was small enough to manage.

Data started flowing thicker and faster. Technology made it progressively easier for anyone to create data. Roll film cameras gave way to digital video cameras, ...

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