Size Doesn’t Matter (Anymore)

I had a funny thing happen the other day. We have been updating a partner product, getting it ready for some new uses and fixing a couple of issues that have arisen over the years. We host the trial on our side and the partner company, ETS, includes a copy in the exams for College Board tests.

The original product was completed in 2004 and designed exclusively for Windows, although for a while it also worked on Mac. And then Apple changed something in their implementation of Java and broke the app, plus Microsoft made changes in Vista and 7 that broke the app. (Neither change really impacted usage, just delivery.) We got a new trial build up on the site last week, fixing the issues and adding new features, and in the process I updated the content.

One of the pages was for requirements and listed among the requirements was 8MB of hard disk space required for the application.

That struck me as funny. First of all, I can’t believe how little space it required (and most of that was the long-defunct installer). Second, that the hard drive space was listed at all. The more I thought about it the more I realized that I haven’t seen a listing for how much hard drive space an app requires in years!

In 2004 every sector of the hard drive was precious. Now, not so much.