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Comment: Re:Archival grade BluRay (Score 1) 250

by Maxwell (#48916407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
"marty, your just not thinking 4th dimension-ally". We're not talking about day to day activities here, we are talking about periodic archiving. First CD drives use different laser than BD (red vs blue). So there is a cost to making BD drive read/write Cd drives. I could see CD write and even CD read being dropped from future BD drives. Actually - can the PS4 read a CD? I don't think it can. So CD's can go away while BD stays.

To your second point I don't want a device I use once every 3 months (or once a year!) stuck in my laptop, thanks. My laptop didn't come with a tape backup either. And I really don't need one in my desktop either - it just gets in the way. I would much rather have a small portable BD burner that I can use to back up all my machines and then put away when I am done with it. And that's what I have.

Enterprise Tape isn't going away, and BD will also be a round for another 10+ years at least. And if BD-XL is used for 4k video probably even longer...

Comment: BD but getting cloudy... (Score 1) 250

by Maxwell (#48916163) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
Still Optical. Every 5 years reburn and consolidate. I just finished this years reburns to BDRE andDVDDL. As data grows, the # of actual physical disks seems to be pretty constant.I also rotated out the last of the CD-Rs this year so I only have DVD+Dl and BDRE in use now.

This may be my last time, as I am now using AWS Glacier for all our personal photos/vids and that accounts for about 100G of the total 150G in content. I also copy everything to a mechanical USB drive and store it at my office. I think AWS + USB will cover me

Our safe is in the basement, on a high shelf. Keep in mind fireproof safes need a disecant as you *will* get moisture in them. Or use zip lock baggies.

Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 1) 840

great, except that is not what electrical tape is for. You should have used wire nuts (or 'caps') to connect the two wires. Heat degrades electrical tape, and a coffer grinder draws enough current to heat the cable. And it is likely in the kitchen where it may be exposed to more heat anyway. Your friend should smile nicely, thank you, then throw it out and buy a new one...

A proper fix would be to replace the cord at the terminals on the grinder. This would require disassembly, and may not be possible depending on the design. Anything else is a hack. Like the article says "young people are a lost generation who can no longer fix gadgets"

Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 1) 840

Headlights aren't covered under cars warranty anyway. The EU and Canada/USA have a set of requirements for lighting. Your local cop is not equipped with a photmeter so cant perform the test at roadsise anyway (see FMVVS section 108, 564)

OP was sold a scary story at the dealer.

On topic: there used to be two headlight types in - round and square. Easy to replace. Pop out, pop in. Once that restriction was lifted, they got more complex and more difficult to change the bulb...

Comment: Re:Been there done that. Made the leap. (Score 1) 317

by Maxwell (#48555707) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

That can work. Making the leap from technology leader to business leader is not easy. It is very tempting to fall back on old, reliable, technology skills like you did. Hey, you were good at that stuff so it is easy. recruiters want you for your past, but you want a different future.

If you do an MBA you have to realize, and accept, that an MBA is not the end . It is the beginning of learning a whole new set of skills you don't have right now.

if MBA is out, I recommend PMP and ITIL. Both applicable to both technology and business side and will help you make the leap...

Comment: Re:Great (Score 2) 602

by Maxwell (#48514619) Attached to: UK Announces 'Google Tax'

And companies don't get any of those services, nor do they benefit from any of those services. Services like IP property rights, employment laws, public education for workers are of no benefits to corporations. As none of that benefits the corporations, they should be free to ship all the profits to Ireland/no tax jurisdictions while continuing to do business in England! Right? Right, not left, right!

It is contrary to reasoning to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing. -- Descartes