Appendix 1-10 

A Brief History of the Internet 

Web site by Gifcom.

I have said for years that by the time computers get as far into
the future as they have come from the past, that we will be able
to hold all of the Library of Congress in one hand, but I added,
"They probably won't let us do it."

Let me explain that for a minute; back in 1979 Project Gutenberg
bought its first hard drive for about $1500 dollars, for Apple's
new Personal Computer.  Not counting inflation we can buy drives
that will hold 1,000 times as much data for the same price.  The
true cost, counting inflation, would be that our $1500 would buy
closer to 10,000 times as much space because our $1500 from 1979
is equivalent to about $5,000 today, if we get the new "magneto-
resistive" drive from IBM.  This is NOT counting ZIP compression
or other compression programs.  If you count them, you would get
about 5,000 times as much data for your money today as in 1979.

 5 million bytes = $1500 in 1979 = one copy of Shakespeare
12 billion bytes = $4500 in 1995 [inflation has tripled plus]
25 billion bytes . . .with compression programs.

This is 5,000 copies of the Complete Shakespeare on one disk, or
less then $1 per copy.  This upsets those who think there should
not be unlimited numbers of books in the world, so definition of
copyright and consequently the definition of public domain is in
danger of being changed, as they have been every time in history
that the public got too much information.

If the trend listed above continues for only 15 more years, 2010
will see drives containing 25 million copies of Shakespeare, for
the same price as the drive that could only hold one copy thirty
years earlier, and the price per copy will be so low that it may
take more money to run the calculation to figure the prices than
the prices actually are.

A Book by Michael Hart