The world’s smallest magnetic data storage unit is made of just 12 atoms, squeezing an entire byte into just 96 atoms, a significant shrinkage in the world of information storage. It’s not a quantum computer, but it’s a computer storage unit at the quantum scale. By contrast, modern hard disk drives use about a million atoms to store a single bit, and a half billion atoms per byte.
Maybe because we're working on an article for June about DIY servers, this caught my eye: a RAID array built from old floppy-disk drives. RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) makes backup copies of data at the same time as it writes the new data, so if one fails, you're OK. These guys strung together 13 drives for a total of 15 megabytes of safe storage. Awesomely useless. —Mike Haney
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