Google launched their Gmail email service on 1st April 2004. Offering 1GB storage space, Gmail took the world by storm. However, the service wasn’t open to everyone at the start and one needed to have a special invite to create an email account. Only about three years later, was the need for an invite lifted from Gmail.
The world's first 1GB hard disk, IBM 3380, was developed at IBM in 1980. It was the size of a fridge, weighed 550lbs and could actually store 2.52 billion characters. the starting cost was $81,000. [more...]