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This Happened — September 14: ​First Computer With A Hard Drive

The IBM RAMAC 305, introduced on this day in 1956, was the world's first computer to use a magnetic hard disk drive for data storage. It stood for "Random Access Method of Accounting and Control" and was designed primarily for business data processing.

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What was the significance of the RAMAC 305

The RAMAC 305 marked a significant milestone in the history of computing as it introduced the concept of random access storage using magnetic disks. It provided faster data access and retrieval compared to previous storage methods, which were sequential in nature. This advancement laid the foundation for modern disk-based storage systems that are still used today.

How did the RAMAC 305's storage system work?

The RAMAC 305's storage system consisted of a set of 50 magnetic disks, each with a diameter of 24 inches (about 60 cm). Data was stored in concentric tracks on these disks, and a read/write head moved mechanically to the desired track for data access. This allowed the computer to directly access any specific piece of data without having to sequentially read through the entire storage medium.

How was the RAMAC 305 used?

The RAMAC 305 found applications in various business and scientific fields that required fast data processing and storage. It was used for tasks like accounting, inventory management, and scientific calculations. Its random access storage capabilities made it particularly valuable for applications that needed quick data retrieval and updates.

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How Parenthood Reinvented My Sex Life — Confessions Of A Swinging Mom

Between breastfeeding, playdates, postpartum fatigue, birthday fatigues and the countless other aspects of mother- and fatherhood, a Cuban couple tries to find new ways to explore something that is often lost in the middle of the parenting storm: sex.

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Parenting v. intimacy, a delicate balance

Silvana Heredia

HAVANA — It was Summer, 2015. Nine months later, our daughter would be born. It wasn't planned, but I was sure I wouldn't end my first pregnancy. I was 22 years old, had a degree, my dream job and my own house — something unthinkable at that age in Cuba — plus a three-year relationship, and the summer heat.

I remember those months as the most fun, crazy and experimental of my pre-motherhood life. It was the time of my first kiss with a girl, and our first threesome.

Every weekend, we went to the Cuban art factory and ended up at the CornerCafé until 7:00 a.m. That September morning, we were very drunk, and in that second-floor room of my house, it was unbearably hot. The sex was otherworldly. A few days later, the symptoms began.

She arrived when and how she wished. That's how rebellious she is.

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