At high school I did nothing. True, literally nothing. I was thinking during the classes and was thinking again when was at home. Thinking about anything but school. My best friend (Mr Sanyi: his blog) and me had all these crazy ideas back that time. I really miss those times. The problem is not just the time itself passing by but the way you transform your thinking. Missing those environments I'm not sure I can do the same. Well, life, yeah. However let me tell you one story.
We used to just sit still and do nothing. And then a sudden moment one of us came out with an idea. This one was an example.
Imagine a floppy disk. 3.5 inch HD good old floppy disk:
It was one of the latest magnetic non flexible disk storages we've used. 1440 KB clean capacity when it was formatted. You have the idea. What is 1440 KB? That was a small game back then. Couple of documents. A gallery. An album of midi files. We used it also for a secret messaging service with my nephew.
This floppy can hold this image as well:
Pixel perfect 8 bit PNG, 72 DPI, 1160 by 1160 RGB pixels. Pretty nice picture, don't you think? 1160^2 is a quite enough large image for anything. A cat. A family. Food. Columbia. Cat eating a smashed hot unicorn on a burning tree in Columbia with Lenin in the background. Even with those details this is a very large image size.
But seriously. Think about it. This image can contain all the people on the world. All the grass, the leaves and objects. Everything. In every single combination. And that's still nothing. Imagine how small of a fraction is the set of pictures that are making any sense. I'm guessing it could be around (0.1 * 10 ^ 100). That's so tiny it's very unlikely we randomly generate a real life picture with our current global computing power in our lifetime.
Nice job from such a tiny floppy disk, I think. It's less surprising if you count a little. 1.44 MB means 12'079'595 bits, the usable part is a little less: 11'796'480. That means 2 ^ 11'796'480 possible bit layout can be on a disk - and to be fair we have to divide it with a C constant because the PNG format is not as random as we are. But that's still incredibly big. 2 ^ 1000 has just 301 digits. To show the level of exponential growth see the number of digits on an Y-logarithmic scale:
I'm happy to believe the little floppy can show us the universe. Some day it will.