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Old December 27 2013, 09:46 PM   #4
SpHeRe31459
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Re: Riker's Computer Comment

Something like that may have been said in 11001001, but rather quickly the writers (thanks to the science advisor) moved on a "future" [fake] measurement of data storage called "quads" since it was very clear that if they used standard bytes to describe the computers in TNG whatever people thought was a lot of data storage circa 1988 would quickly be considered ridiculously small by the march of progress.
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Quad

And indeed that's true even within the lifetime of TNG's production, in 1987 the average hard drive size was approx. 20 - 40MB and cost around $1000 and in 1994 that same $1k could get you a 1TB (1,000MB) hard drive.
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