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CameronSS asked: How big is Instructables? Counting all of the text, images, sounds, videos, etc. that are stored on the site, how much space does it take up? A few gigabytes? A few hundred gigabytes? A few terabytes?

How big do you think Instructables is? The About page will tell you how many employees and associates Instructables has, but how big do you think Instructables is, information-wise?

This is like a jelly-bean counting contest, except on a much bigger scale and with inedible jellybeans.

Guess away!

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comodore (author)2009-01-12

Well, I don't know how big it is, but to me is information, that gives is priceless...

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Gjdj3 (author)2008-07-06

I'd say... and I'm just guessing here, 1 instructabyte. What's an instructabyte you ask? An instructabyte is the size of Instructables Counting all of the text, images, sounds, videos, etc. that are stored on the site.

Haha, but I actually have no idea.

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Keith-Kid (author)Gjdj32008-07-06
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Radioactv Biohazard (author)2009-01-04
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KentsOkay (author)2008-06-30

Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some. Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a totally stunning size, real 'wow, that's big', time. Infinity is just so big that by comparison, bigness itself looks really titchy. Gigantic multiplied by colossal multiplied by staggeringly huge is the sort of concept we're trying to get across here.

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Lithium Rain (author)KentsOkay2008-06-30

He's Texan. He ought to know about big.

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KentsOkay (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-30

I was, of course, quoting the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Lithium Rain (author)KentsOkay2008-06-30

I gotta read that someday...*scribbles on library list*

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KentsOkay (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-30

Do indeed read it. Douglas Adams is/was a genius of comedy...

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KentsOkay (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-07-02

We apologize for the inconvenience!

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T3h_Muffinator (author)KentsOkay2008-07-02

That's alright...

Everything's Amazingly amazing.

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Kiteman (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-07-07

The books are better than the film, but the BBC TV show is better than the book, and the original radio series is better than them all.

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peach_fart (author)Kiteman2008-09-27
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Kiteman (author)peach_fart2008-09-28

Try reading from the start of the thread...

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peach_fart (author)Kiteman2008-10-03

i meant your sentence. ive read hitchhikers.

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Kiteman (author)peach_fart2008-10-04

Hitchhikers started as a radio series in the UK, which became a trilogy of books in five parts. The radio series is better than the books.

There was also a BBC TV series.

In order of quality, best to worst, it goes:

1) Radio series
2) TV series
3) Books
4) Film

See?

The radio series may be available on CD.

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T3h_Muffinator (author)Kiteman2008-07-07

Hehe - I've watching the TV show before. If you caught it in the film, the original Marvin was waiting in line on the Vogon planet. I've never heard the radio series, but my dad says he's got tapes of it.

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Kiteman (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-07-08

Ha, Marvin in the line was the highlight of the whole film for me.

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KentsOkay (author)Kiteman2008-07-07

The TV show is good, they have it at my library. Unfortunetly my father feels it insults his intelligence...

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Bran (author)KentsOkay2008-07-07

Would you say the book or the movie was better?

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KentsOkay (author)Bran2008-07-07

The five books were unparalleled better.

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Bran (author)KentsOkay2008-07-07

I'll have to try those out next time I go to the library!

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Gjdj3 (author)KentsOkay2008-07-06
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Yerboogieman (author)2008-10-03

btw, anybody live in washington?

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Doctor What (author)2008-10-03

For some reason, I'm the only user in my city. And one of about a handful in my state. It's sad. I need to spread the good word. Where's the book already?

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CameronSS (author)2008-09-07

I just realized, we never got an answer.

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CameronSS (author)CameronSS2008-09-27

Stiiiiiiiil nothing...We're anxiously waiting...at least I am...waiting...

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Kiteman (author)CameronSS2008-09-28

Hey, I gave you the answer - 660cm2 - I measured it and everything.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2008-09-28

Depends on what browser you're using.

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whatsisface (author)Lithium Rain2008-09-28

Or what your resolution is.

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Kiteman (author)whatsisface2008-09-28

On a scale of 1-10, my resolution is usually "firm".

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2008-09-28

Actually, it depends on which monitor I'm using...

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TheCheese9921 (author)2008-07-07

*holds up number of fingers* this many big

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-07-07

Calculating.... I'd say only ~120GB forms and instructables are only ~60GB

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guyfrom7up (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-07

infact, I bet if I was really bored I could burn like every instructable to about 15 dvds, or just to my harddrive

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-07-07

I thought you ment how popular... in the latest popular mechanics look at page 18... i think... I don't have it with me right now

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PKM (author)2008-06-30

You might want to batten down your robots.txt before some enterprising compsci like myself gets ideas and writes a crawler to get the answer accurate to the byte... I don't see a question like that as a guessing game, more as a "How would you go about writing a simple web crawler to accurately determine the total size of a large Web 2.0 website such as www.instructables.com? (20 marks)"

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ll.13 (author)PKM2008-07-02

I was about to say: crawl it. =)

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PKM (author)ll.132008-07-02

I'm not sure who I'd get in more trouble with, my ISP or Instructables :P It'd be a lot easier to crawl those index pages (should they exist), parse out the file sizes and sum them up, assuming they're rounded properly you should get reasonable accuracy.

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whatsisface (author)PKM2008-06-30

I think the robots.txt file for instructables is restricted anyway.

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Lithium Rain (author)whatsisface2008-06-30

Um...that wouldn't make sense, really...

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PKM (author)whatsisface2008-06-30

User-agent: Googlebot Disallow: /include/ Disallow: /account/ Disallow: /you/ Disallow: /admin/ Disallow: /pages/ Disallow: /static/ Disallow: /ajax/ Disallow: /META-INF/ Disallow: /WEB-INF/ Disallow: /you/ Disallow: /edit/ What would be the point of a restricted robots.txt?

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killerjackalope (author)PKM2008-06-30

Well PKM go ahead, my guess is as much a guess, however I think people are over guessing, images are instantly compressed, I suppose it depends on how you look at the site, what you see, every page or looking at every file...

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