The Hunt For The Perfect Bible: Memory and Storage

The Hunt For The Perfect Bible: Memory and Storage

You’re going to want to understand memory and storage when looking for in your Perfect Electronic Bible. The difference between them starts blurring with recent hard drives but it can best be summarized as this: memory lets you work on more at the same time, while storage lets you save (and backup) more over time.

Memory

Let’s imagine your computer as a desk. Memory would be the amount of desk space that allows you to do multiple tasks at the same time. You can write in a notebook, work on the calculator, use the stapler to paste things, and check your calendar all at once.

So if you want to open a bible program and a note taking program at the same time, memory is the thing that lets you do that. The more memory, the more things you can open at once.

Readers and Mobile Devices have much less memory than ultraportables, laptops and desktops– but it doesn’t matter as much to them. Readers are set up in such a way that any task you perform on them is the main task you are operating so that everything else is not active, even if it’s running. If you’re reading a book on a tablet, you’re not taking notes in another program. You’re only reading a book.

Netbooks might give you 1 gig of memory (though you really need 2 on them which will run you an extra 50 bucks or so) while a desktop computer, on the other hand, might give you as much as 16 gigs.

Storage

This is the space where you save files: pictures, documents, notes all that good stuff. If we went back to our desk example, storage is the amount of drawers you have in the desk.

Lots of systems nowadays are coming with one of two forms of storage (which gets really technical trying to explain).

You have your standard hard drive storage that’s made up of moving parts (like a spinning metal plate inside of the thing) which offers you a ton of space but might be more susceptible to damage if the device falls while it’s on. So you’ll see drives that are 300gigs, 500gigs and even 1.5 terabytes huge monsters of data storage. They’ve started having to make them bigger because of the amount of things people are saving digitally nowadays but if you’re just dealing in text and the occasional photos you rankly have nothing to worry about in regards to filling up your hard drive.

Then you have this new technology in mobile devices. A sort of flash storage which usually stores less data, is safer from impact, is ridiculously fast, exceedingly expensive. In laptops and ultraportables, they might have what’s called a Solid State Drive (SSD). It’s this sort of tech with all the benefits and downfalls.

After the tsunami in Japan, regular hard drives have spiked in price making SSD a real option (especially considering the speed boost they offer) but it’s still a new technology and the regular shopper might not want to shell out that extra money.

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Read the next post in this series: The Hunt: Processing Words.

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