From paper tape to data sticks: The evolution of removable storage

Over the years, people have tried to transfer information from one computer to another in a dizzying number of ways. Here's a look at some of the best, along with others that time forgot.

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<h2>The Hive Mind</h2><br><br>For the past 15 years, local area networks and the Internet have been replacing removable media for the average computer user. With nearly every computer today now connected to a global network, users rarely need to copy data to external media and move it physically to another computer. Instead, a network of wires and electronic signals takes care of the transfer; A quick e-mail message can carry a file around the world. More significantly, wireless standards such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are replacing the need for any physical link at all. Removable media has already become obsolete for many day-to-day computer activities, replaced by bits wandering restlessly through the ether. <br><br>Photos: [[xref:http://www.opte.org/|The Opte Project|The Opte Project]]/Linksys

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