The byte was first named in 1956 making it about 61 years old. It has grown significantly since then, adapting new names as it grew to different sizes. From byte to kilobyte and now to yottabyte and brontobyte, the growth has been exponential. On the flip side, the byte storage has shrunk substantially over time. First was the magnetic drum memory, which was huge. Then came the hard disk drive, floppy disks, and now the solid state drive. Check the article for pictures, and an entertaining autobiography of the byte.
Hi, my name is Brontobyte and this is my story of how I grew up from a Byte, to Megabyte, to Gigabyte, to Brontobyte. I was born possibly in 1956 to unknown parents at an undisclosed place. All I know about my birth is that my Godfather Mr. Werner Buchholz from IBM gave me my name ‘Byte’ in July of 1956. I was told that Mr. Buchholz named me Byte (instead of bite) so I won’t be lost with all those bits and I am so thankful to him for making me feel special. So I am assuming that I was born somewhere around that time which would make me about 61 years old. Read More