I was home last night playing with the new Kinect, integrating it with Twitter, Facebook, and Zune. Particularly because of the last service, I was glad that I got the Xbox 360 model with the 250-gigabyte (gb) hard disk drive. It holds a lot more music, or photos, and of course primarily games and game data.
So we wind up with goofy scenes like my wife zooming along yesterday in Kinect Adventures’ River Rush – not only my photo (right) but in-game photos taken by the Kinect Sensor, sitting there below the TV monitor.
Later as I was waving my hands at the TV screen, swiping magically through the air to sweep through Zune’s albums and songs as if pawing through a shelf of actual LP’s, I absent-mindedly started totting up the data-storage capacity of devices and drives in my household. Here’s a rough accounting:
- One Zune music-player, 120gb;
- 2 old iPods 30gb + 80gb;
- an iPad 3G at 16gb;
- one HP netbook 160gb;
- an aging iMac G5 with 160gb;
- three Windows laptops of 60gb, 150gb, and 250gb;
- a DirecTV DVR with a 360gb disk;
- a single Seagate 750gb external HDD;
- a few 1gb, 2gb, and a single 32gb SD cards for cameras;
- a handful of 2gb, 4gb, and one 16gb USB flash drives;
- and most recently a 250gb Xbox 360, for Kinect.
All told, I’d estimate that my household data storage capacity totals 2.5 terabytes. A terabyte, you’ll recall, is 1012 bytes, or 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) bytes, or alternately a thousand gigabytes.
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