Terrapins and terabytes

Posted on July 8, 2015



I love exercise. I know that comes as a very BIG surprise to all of you. I also love getting free stuff. Free exercise stuff? I’m in heaven. I was offered some free exercise video downloads in exchange for reviewing them.

I get excited when I receive the email with the links to the videos. I tell Mr. Ken the good news. Although he doesn’t seem quite as excited as I am about this development.

I get ready to click on the links to start downloading the videos. Seems pretty straightforward. I say to Mr. Ken, “I can’t wait to try these. I’m downloading them now.”

Suddenly Mr. Ken appears in the doorway of my office. I haven’t seen him move this fast since he heard about a free donut giveaway. šŸ™‚

Mr. Ken: “What are you doing?”

Me: “Um, the same thing I was doing two minutes ago, downloading the videos.”

Mr. Ken: “Oh no, you should not, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, download the videos to your computer. That just is not done.”

Me: “Okay, but why do they call them downloads then?”

Mr. Ken: “You can’t put them on the SSD.”

(Note: I have no idea what an SSD is, I know I have one in my computer because I have a little sticky on my computer that says, “I love my SSD.”)
ssd sticker

Mr. Ken, after getting over the shock of the download: “You will need a terabyte gigabyte drive for this.”

Me: “What? Did you say terrapin? I thought terrapins were turtles. Is this a new computer term?”

Mr. Ken: “You will need a drive with a lot of storage for the videos. A gigabyte won’t cut it. Let’s go with a terabyte.”

Mr. Ken then disappears, muttering something about “New Egg daily deals” and “flash deals.”

For the unititated, i.e. those who don’t wear pocket protectors, a terabyte is a trillion bytes. Now that’s a lot of storage! I think I could put every single one of my DVDs on this thing and still have room left over.

P.S. I still don’t know why I couldn’t download the videos to my computer, but I am afraid to ask Mr. Ken. I don’t want to give the poor man heart failure.

Photo of turtle is from Koi Water Garden.
Photo of terabyate thingie is from Gizmag.com.