From the March, 2004 Cyberspace News

The March Of Technology

Floppy diskette and memory card
To illustrate how information storage technology is advancing, the picture shows two storage media. The larger one, 3½ inches wide, is the familiar "floppy diskette", used in almost all PCs produced within the past ten years. It holds slightly more than one and a half million letters, numbers and symbols.

The smaller item to its right, which measures just 1½ inches on a side, is an example of a Compact Flash card, now available with capacities up to 1 billion bytes ("1 GigaByte"). A 1-GigaByte card can hold as much information as seven hundred floppy diskettes.

[Note added after publication of the newsletter] An even larger version is about to be released as of this writing (April, 2004). It will hold 4 GigaBytes. It will be quite expensive (the predicted price is $4500, as compared to $220-$250 for the 1-GigaByte cards) and so it will be bought only by professionals with specialized needs. However, the price will come down as the technology continues to develop, and ever-increasing capacities become available.
W. A. Shapiro

Napping – It's Not Just For Kids Anymore

You may know that scientists have shown that the performance of mental tasks improves after a one-hour nap.

Evolutionists have determined that napping is, in fact, actually older than sleeping. Early vertebrates tended to sleep quite lightly. Deep sleep came rather late in animal development.

How "should" we nap? Sleep scientists warn against taking too long a nap because it can disturb evening sleep. Napping longer than 30 minutes leads to a condition called "sleep inertia," which can leave you groggy rather than refreshed. And you should take your nap about eight hours after waking up in the morning rather than waiting until late afternoon, also so you don't disrupt your biological clock and make it harder to fall asleep at night.

So make time for sleep!


Source: The Old Farmer's Almanac – 2004 Edition
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