Cheap storage, big files, and slow progress bars

Is Gigabyte the new Megabyte?  It sure seems like that is the case.  The proliferation of inexpensive data storage has served to feed our data gluttony.  Under normal circumstances, that’s fine.  No problem.

But then the day comes when you need to move 50GB of data from point A to point B.  And you spend ALL day watching progress bars.

Compressing the file doesn’t help much either.  That just gives you another progress bar to watch.

It seems that regardless of the status quo in the digital age, we still are tripped up by the physical world, be it a spinning disc, a magnet, a wire.

So time elapses.  And files grow.

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