At least it'll free up a slot in my DVR's programming list.
My MBP served as my desktop, connected to an external monitor, until we had a lightning strike that actually scorched the chassis next to the power plug, it also popped the sound. Insurance bought me a 27" iMac, bumped the memory to 16 gig and I'm very happy. I just love the stability: my desktop has been up for 50 days (powered it down for an extended trip out of town), my laptop had been up for a month but I installed some new software that forced a reboot.
I have two complaints about Parallels. First, they don't support fooling the OS in to perceiving different video cards so you can run old games under it, second they are very aggressive about planned obsolescence when a new Mac OS comes out, i.e. every year, or a new Windows OS comes out, every couple of years. As a result, I only upgrade when I absolutely must, and I expect Win 7 to have pretty long legs.
On a more direct note, my sister-in-law with a BA has worked for two library systems without a MLS, full-time, and is even doing research for profs.
DLSRs can produce great images but there are so many times it produces cold, lifeless images. You can take hundreds of images and choose the best.
When I used film, a cheapo camera produced more brilliant pictures per shots. Yeah, you have to wait and have them developed but in every reel there were always some amazing shots. Now, with DLSR there are thousands of lifeless images and you edit them and enhance them until they are good. There is just so much rubbish and then a good one among them.
I think a lot of it is on the dynamic of knowing that you only have 24 or 36 shots in your 35mm that you pay more attention to the photos that you take, versus being able to shoot hundreds of hi-res images on a DSLR for zero expense and weed them later. But it can also be a question of skill or luck, being able to get that peak moment that makes the shot.
I sometimes think DSLRs make everything too easy. Now everyone has a camera built in to their phone, and anyone can buy a good digital camera for very little money. And it's ruined a lot of markets for photography. A friend of mine worked for years developing very good skills, got a great set of pro equipment, and was making a decent living shooting weddings, quincenaras, and kid soccer team shoots. A woman came in with an entry-level DSLR and started shooting weddings for $100. Her quality was absolutely crap, but she ruined my friend's business because he refused to shoot weddings that cheap, and people wouldn't consider the additional skill and service that he brought in to the equation.
A good camera does not a good photographer make. A good camera can take good pictures, but I'd hesitate to call them photographs. But then again, I'm a snob who's been shooting for 30+ years.
To say it was awesome is to do the results an injustice.
For me, now in my early 50s with horrible tinnitus and sometimes needing hearing aids, MP3s ripped at max settings sounds fine as far as I'm concerned. Which is sad, but that's the way it is.
Ah, memories. Buzz Jenson's Sound Advice was a great place. I don't know of any audio/video-only stores in Phoenix anymore that are only A/V.
Having said that, there are other posts to this story that say the book is available on Amazon in a variety of formats.
I'd love an affordable tape backup system that had about 10 TB+, but I'm not going to buy Sony.