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.
Altair 8800, sold as a build-it-yourself kit, is generally regarded as the device that sparked the microcomputer revolution. Microsoft's Altair BASIC was the first programming language for the machine. [more...]