- The Washington Times - Friday, December 15, 2006

From The Wall Street Journal’s tech alert:

Alan Shugart, co-founder of computer hard drive maker Seagate Technology, has died. He was 76.

Long after Mr. Shugart’s tech days, someone booked an interview for me with the tech industry legend at the seedy old Golden Nugget hotel in downtown Las Vegas. This would have been in the late 1990s or the 2000/2001 time frame. I forget what he was promoting, or what we were talking about, other than that he confirmed to me his oft-quoted dictum that the nice thing about hard disc drives is that people fill them up with data, and then have to buy larger ones.

Back when I got my first PC with a hard drive, it held 10 Mbytes of data. I wondered how I would ever fill that up. Now, I’m pushing the envelope of my 120 Gbyte drives. Go figure.

Mr. Shugart was one of the giants of the tech world; his impact is felt in just about everything from PCs to notebooks to iPods. Rest in peace, sir, rest in peace.

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