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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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Brief History Of Information Storage Technology

Early Storage Technologies

The first documented examples of mankind attempting to store and share information can be traced back to the earliest prehistoric cave paintings. Those paintings are approximately 22,000 years old and are found in northeastern Spain. This even can be called the first attempts of storing and communicating information optically. Naturally, the eyes were the devices of data retrieval and a stone was the recording medium for the next 20,000 years.

The very first optical recording technology that encoded information was called writing, dating back to 3500 BC, and attributed to the Sumerians of Mesopotamia. Their writing system was logographic, characterized by numerous signs ...

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