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Old photo: In 1994, Bill Gates holds a CD-ROM showing that it can hold more information than all the papers underneath him.
2024/06/09

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In 1994, the photo of Bill Gates holding a CD-ROM disc became a classic of that era. The photo not only demonstrated the rapid technological development of that era, but also marked an important milestone in digital information storage. At that time, Gates was showing the world an incredible technological achievement: a small disc could hold more information than all the papers under his belt.

In this photo, Bill Gates, with a confident smile on his face, is holding the CD-ROM disc in his hand.

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This scene shows people the power and potential of technology. Compared to traditional paper documents, CD-ROMs not only far exceeded them in storage capacity, but also provided more convenient and faster access. At a time when the Internet was just beginning to spread, such a technological innovation was undoubtedly revolutionary.

CD-ROM, or read-only disc storage technology, came into the public consciousness in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Its storage capacity was usually 650 to 700 MB, which was already a very impressive figure at that time. Until then, personal computers relied on floppy discs for data storage, and a 3.5-inch floppy disc had a capacity of only 1.44 MB. The advent of the CD-ROM revolutionised the way people stored and managed information.

Bill Gates, as the founder of Microsoft and a technology pioneer at the time, played a crucial role in the promotion and popularisation of CD-ROM technology.

Microsoft had begun to support CD-ROM drives in Windows 3.0, launched in 1990, enabling this new storage medium to be accepted and used by more users. The photo of Gates holding a CD-ROM is not just a symbolic gesture, but a sign of confidence and anticipation for future technological developments.

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