Earlier this evening, I finished scanning the slides I have that my Dad took. That’s a lot of slides and a lot of bits. With observations about Wal-Mart and Ubuntu and the end of optical storage.
It’s a milestone. There are still some left from my pre-digicam years with Lauren, and I’m looking forward to those. But, five years in, I’m way more than half-way through the job.
So I scan ’em on WinXP on a Sun Ultra using the laughably-ugly NikonScan software that I’ve become pretty deft with. Then I switch to Ubuntu to blast ’em onto DVDs. On Ubuntu everything’s faster and there are no irritating popups and writing DVDs Just Works, and I suffer cognitive dissonance while noting which of these is ubiquitous and which is geeky.
Except for, I ran out of writeable DVDs last time I dumped. Coincidentally, Lauren and I had to go into a Wal-Mart the other day, the first time in years, and my whole nervous system just about imploded. The amount of stuff in those places, who could possibly need it all? Anyhow I figured they’d have to have DVD blanks, and they did, except for the price for 50 was only a buck more than the price for 20 so that’s what I had to buy.
And I’m thinking, maybe this is the last writeable optical media I’ll ever buy. USB keys are getting close in size and you can write ’em a whole lot faster, and they don’t occupy any more space, really. The notion of using them for long-term storage hasn’t caught on, but it’s only a matter of time.