My experience with storage began in the early 1960s when I was a lab technician at the University of California. I spent late nights operating an IBM 704 computer, processing data from Bevatron bubble chamber experiments and storing it onto IBM 727 tape drives. Registers were manually set through an octal keyboard; programs and data were loaded through a punched card reader; and I was the operating system, loading card decks, mounting and dialing in the tapes drives, and servicing the output printers. The 1960s were a period of social and political unrest on the Berkeley campus, and I ended up leaving the university to join the military service, far removed from storage technology.

After five years, I left the military to seek a career ...

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