Is this possible? (Storage) (Off-topic?)

From: Marty <>
Date: Fri Apr 10 14:46:01 1998

 Not to beat a dead horse, but I believe Tim's question was relevant. I
 read about optical storage using holography well over ten years ago
 but am unaware of its present use or status. This may not strictly
 qualify as classic computer subject matter but shouldn't we give a 12
 year-old a break? Tim should be commended and encouraged for his
 interest in computer science and preservation, not hen-pecked over the
 fact that he related his question to a Star Trak episode.
 Keep asking questions Tim and don't let anybody intimidate you into
 Marty Mintzell

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Subject: Re: Is this possible? (Storage) (Off-topic?)
Author: at internet
Date: 4/10/98 2:09 PM

 Star Trek is a television show.
 Do you really think that this question is appropriate?
 Two words... alt.startrek
>Sorry, but this has been bugging me for quite some time. In Star Trek, they
>use "Isolinear" based memory circuts to store information in both the short
>and long term. So, from the looks of it, it's some kind of crystal, and can
>transmit it's data very quickly, and with no moving parts, so I'm guessing
>that it's similiar to today's RAM. Now, for the hard part: It can hold
>entire encyclopedia's in tiny amounts. In one episiode, they had nanites,
>little robot-bugs that could hold "gigabytes of information," and were
>microscopic. Furthermore, in some episodes, they find Chodak and T'Kon
>ruins, between 900,000 to 700,000 years old, with half or more of the data
> Was crystaline storage ever attempted like this? Is it possible?
> Thanks,
>Tim D. Hotze
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