It’s that time of year again.  With the arrival of September I figure it’s time to make sure that the old wishlist is up to date and in good working order since this means that Christmas is only a few short months away.

It also means that it’s time to put a hold on buying anything that isn’t an urgent “gotta have” because as the holidays draw closer there’s an increasing chance that somebody may have in mind to get you one of whatever it is because this is also the time when a lot of things start going on sale as well because a lot of merchants are clearing out their summer and fall inventory so that they too can gear up for the holiday shopping season.

western digital 2terabyte caviar hard driveI’ve already pushed things a little more than I probably should have by buying a new GeForce 8400gs video card to improve performance when editing and rendering video but I couldn’t pass up the deal.  On the other hand, I have decided to wait and see before buying this 2tb Western Digital Caviar hard drive.

I realize that some might wonder what I need with two terabytes of storage space but lemme tell you, video can eat hard drive space faster than almost anything I can think of.  As little as ten minutes of video from my camcorder can easily be over 100mb, then I need to transcode the .MOV file to either an .AVI or .WMV so that I can bring it into my video editor to work with it.  Add to that all the temp files that the video editor will create and the final rendering and it adds up fast.

A few years ago when my wife bought me the 250 gigabyte drive that I’m currently using it was flat out the biggest storage device I’d ever had and I couldn’t imagine at that time being able to fill it.  However as I write this I think there’s about maybe 75 gigabytes free at the moment.

Then again it’s all a matter of perspective.  I remember when a 360 kilobyte floppy disk was considered huge in terms of storage and a 1200bps (acoustic coupled, hand dialed!) modem was the fastest thing around!  Makes me wonder what people will be saying about this sort of thing fifty years from now.

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