Maybe you’ve experienced something like this. You haven’t had your morning javalavazingzing. And you gotta get going. So, you decide to get dressed, grab your gear, and head out to the minivan (or for those of you who still drive ordinary vehicles, your car). And it feels like your computer bag feels like it weighs a ton. And your eyelids insist on their half-mast status.
Ain’t it weird how a lack of coffee equals gear that weighs a ton?
And your logic and reason abilities (impaired though they might be) tell you your gear doesn’t actually weigh a ton. But the “weighs a ton” hyperbole still makes it way to your lips. And anyone who hears the phrase nods in agreement. Because no one doesn’t understand the connection.
Yeah, human communication is a weird (but wonderful) concept to ponder.
But our weird and wonderful communication skills have carried over into the amazing world of Random Access Memory, aka: RAM.
And speaking of IBM (we were, weren’t we?), today marks 67 years since they introduced their 305 RAMAC. It was a Random Access Memory Accounting Computer. And it was “an electronic general purpose data processing machine that maintained business records on a real-time basis.”
Apparently IBM produced more than a thousand of them from 1956 to 1961. And, by today’s standards of companies like Apple producing millions of computers a year, that doesn’t seem like a very big number. But they stopped production in 1961. And the reason is clear. Each one weighed a ton. Literally.
Yeah, coffee or no coffee.
If you wanted a 305 RAMAC, you’d need at least a couple of college hunks to help you install it.
So, next time your computer bag (or your spouse) “weighs a ton,” thank your Creator it’s not a RAMAC.
See there. Blessings are all around you. Even if you have to time travel back to 1956 to see them. So, I hope you’ll use your RAM to remember that as you go through your day and the rest of your week.