Weird, I just got back from Seagate where I talked with folks about what they are announcing at CES and how far the hard drive business has come and the first thing I see in my news aggregator is that Al Shugart, co-founder of Seagate, has died (thanks Mike Cassidy of the San Jose Mercury News). Like Mike notes, Al Shugart is a name that’s been in the press all during my lifetime.
Today Seagate showed me what they are bringing out at CES: a 1.8-inch 60GB drive. Al saw the business go from the original 5MB (megabyte, not gigabyte) drives which venture capitalists and pundits thought no one would ever need cause they are “too big” all the way up to 750GB drives (Seagate is working on terabyte sizes and more). What a lifetime!
Imagine what my son Patrick will see in his lifetime (he was born the same year Netscape was).
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