Apple shipped 125,000 iPods in 2001. Today, they ship that many iPhones every six hours, or about 200 million per year. (https://www.statista.com/statistics/263401/global-apple-ipho...)
Is there anyone else from the old iPodLinux community here? I was actively moderating the forums in 2005, and fixing countless iPods for friends at school/church. These days it seems like everybody's moved to Rockbox. I'm still using a 5.5G with a Kingspec SSD, and lots more gadgets fitted into the space where the HDD used to be.
My favourite story from the iPodLinux days was cracking the 4G firmware. leachbj could only make the piezo work, but nilss then used that to dump the binary by making click noises in a soundproof box, and successfully reverse-engineered the rest of the firmware from that.
So you sort of need to include Pixo's timeline to get the real picture of the start-to-end-time
>May (2nd week) Hired the first employee on the team
>Oct (4th week) Launched iPod to the world
> The Empire State Building. Construction was started and finished in 410 days.
> Unix. Ken Thompson wrote the first version in three weeks.
> Git. Linus Torvalds started working on Git on April 3 2005. It was self-hosting 4 days later.
>San Francisco proposed a new bus lane on Van Ness in 2001. Its opening was recently delayed to 2021, yielding a project duration of around 7,300 days. “The project has been delayed due to an increase of wet weather since the project started,” said Paul Rose, a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesperson. The project will cost $310 million, i.e. $100,000 per meter. The Alaska Highway, mentioned above, constructed across remote tundra, cost $793 per meter in 2019 dollars.
'the "highway" was not usable by general vehicles until 1943. Even then there were many steep grades, a poor surface, switchbacks to gain and descend hills ...' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Highway#Construction) plus bridges which were temporary, impassable sections in 1943 when stuff started to melt, etc, etc ,etc.
A war-time dirt-road constructed by the army and only traversable by stuff that could probably go off-road anyway is not really the same as building something in an existing city which has to support regular bus traffic.
It was built in wartime (WW2) to get a land supply route to bases in Alaska as fast as possible. The intended use case was a convoy of military trucks with a engineers and repair gear who could fix the road as they travelled along it.
Impressive, but different from a modern highway.
At the time, you really needed the 1.8" HDD to make the device small enough, cheap enough, and with enough storage for more than two CDs.