Tuesday Morning – Say Sayanora to the Optical Disc Drive
Yes, you read me corrctly there. Then next major shift in home and personal computing is the soon-to-be-gone optical disc drive. It was, what?, fifteen years ago when the floppy disc drives suddenly disappeared from the PC towers without a word of warning.
But now we are learning ahead of time (barely) that the same thing is happening to the CD disc drive beginning with the laptops. "Laptop" is the key word here because there is a serious competition starting up to make and sell the smallest, lightest laptops on the market. Apple has already begun and Microsoft announced a few months ago that they would be doing the same.
By removing the optical disc drive, they are cutting out a lot of weight, space needs, and battery consumption. Especially the space. You will soon be seeing some mighty thin laptops on the shelves at Best Buy. So how do you store your files and bring them up when you want to use that certain image in your email? We already gave you that answer a few weeks ago: Flash Drives. As we told you earlier, a 16 Gig. flash drive that sells for about $10 on sale will hold the equivalent of 24 CD-ROM's.
And for your more permanent storage and parking space for little-used files, get yourself an external hard drive. 500 Gigs for about $60. They are much more secure and safer than a big file box of CD's.
There you go, a seat on the cutting edge of personal computing progress. Now let's get on the cutting edge of equipment checking while I fire up the still-reliable Bunn-O-Matic. See you back in the day room in a few minutes.
Tomorrow we will be dormant on the website for the funeral and burial services for my late wife, Lynn D. Schumm. Thanks to all of you who have sent your condolences and prayers. Her family appreciates all of them.
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