Thanks to photographer-acquaintance-nomad Ben Willmore for this: next time you are in a theater, need a bathroom break, but don’t want to miss something critical in the movie, use your web-enabled cellphone and go to http://runpee.com/# to find the best break times. As Ben says, “Is there nothing you can’t find on the net these days?” Boggles the mind!
The change? Forsaking further use of CDs altogether, and converting all archiving activity to external hard drives.
The economics have argued against CDs for some time now. Yesterday afternoon I purchased a 1 TB Western Digital drive at Best Buy for $150, so when compared to gold CD storage the hard drive cost advantage is nearly 12:1. And backups/archiving will be done automatically every evening, which removes a substantial time burden. I remain concerned about relying entirely upon magnetic media for all archiving. But since everything is archived in duplicate, I presume a certain safety in redundancy.
Of course, a major suspension of disbelief was necessitated by the Enterprise’s elaborate command center — heavily staffed and very glitzy. None of the cheesy, on-the-cheap furnishings of the ’60s era original series.