CHAT: memory

Subject: CHAT: memory
From: David Ibbetson <ibbetson -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 22:26:24 -0500

Beverley Parks writes:

I bet we all know a few people who still refer to the hard disk
as "memory." I know several, and some are computer
professionals {{shudder}}. It's a clear case of being taught
the incorrect term--probably for simplicity's sake--in the
beginning.
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Iv'e only been associated with computers since c. 1960. To me everything
from the high-speed cache to things slower than mag tape are types of
memory. I have to make an effort to remember that these days "memory" is
often used to refer to one of the many types.

On some early machines one had a few, a very few, registers. Everything else
was on a magnetic drum.

For that matter I've used compilers that spewed out punched cards or punched
paper tape that had to be fed in again for the next stage of compilation. I
don't think I'd have called that memory, but I suspect some of my former
seniors who were in at the very beginning would!

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Whate'er is best administered is best." -- Pope
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