In 1986, the total world data capacity was about 2.6 exabytes. That’s around 539 MB per person, or about the equivalent of 1 standard CD-ROM. Today, there is over 600 exabytes of data globally and there’s no sign of a slowdown in growth. That’s 600 billion gigabytes of stored information and if all that data were burned to CDs, the resulting stack would reach about 50,000 miles beyond the moon.
Unfortunately, most of this is useless data comprising of spam, old business records and long forgotten e-mails. While the major search engines do a good job indexing and presenting this data, they have one flaw that limits the usefulness of this data. That flaw is the machine. No human validates those results before they are presented to you and that leads to a lack of relevance and context. Search result are usually not presented by topic and many times the supplied results are completely irrelevant or even “spammy.”
Search results are not vetted for quality, organized, or curated. They are what the are and you get what you get. Sometimes this serves the user’s purpose, but often times relevant information is not readily available, perhaps buried on page eighteen of the search engine’s results. How often have you clicked a search engine link only to land on a parked page, or advertisement? This is a frustrating and inefficient use of your time.
This site was created to help address this problem. By organizing and curating content from popular and respected tech news sites and blogs, os.com attempts to create a resource of interesting, current and related articles that allow the user to quickly zero in on the latest tech news or topic of interest. We attempt to curate a small number of interesting and informative articles and deliver them to our readers via targeted links.
As most of the content at os.com is curated from other sites, we make every effort to remain withing the bounds of the fair use doctrine and always credit the original author if known. The ultimate goal of os.com is to provide you, the user, quick and easy access to past and present articles on the tech, science and social lifestyle topics that interest you.
We hope you enjoy our site and find it valuable. If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.
Orbit Data Systems, Inc.