Single Status Update
--Written since I was bored.--
So with only a week left before I leave for Japan (plane takes off at 8:45 Mountain Time on the 22nd), I decided it may be a good idea to actually back up data on my HD. Since there's no way in hell I'm shipping my desktop to a tiny dorm room in Japan (partly for cost, partly for possible damage, and partly for lack of room there), I'm taking my laptop instead. I was going to take an external HD, but after the case started acting up and introducing CRC errors, I took the drive out and made it an internal one on my desktop. Not wanting to be without music, StepMania (my DDR emulator), pictures of friends and my Love, and my other documents, I decided to burn them all to CDs and take them over that way.
The result? Only 20 cds to burn, but $114 out of my pocket.
I love my laptop to death. It's one of the most valued things I have. But boy do I hate the CD-ROMs Toshiba puts in them (Matushita drives). I'm working on killing my 3rd one already. So rather than be stuck with 20 coasters in Japan, I put $80 down on the table for a new external CD-RW drive.
This will prove to be interesting. My laptop has only USB 1.1 (though 2.0 only drives still work...), the drive has no firewire like I wanted (those started at $100), and 1.1 will probably perform like crap with it.
Now lets hope customs/security doesn't have a problem with me bringing in so many CDs, as I'll have more outside these 20 I'm burning now. Shouldn't...but being that this is my first time flying and I've never been through the motions of all this, I'm being rather paranoid about everything.
As long as you don't have anything you shouldn't have, or joke around about highjacking the plane, making threats, talking about explosive devices you'll have a relaxing flight. Bring some great reading material and maybe some tunes, you'll be fine. Have fun. $80 to burn 20cds? That isn't the cost you paid for blanks was it?
Bring some great reading material and maybe some tunes, you'll be fine. Have fun. $80 to burn 20cds? That isn't the cost you paid for blanks was it?
I plan on taking my laptop, GBA SP (with Advanced Wars!), mp3 player, and NeoGeo Pocket with my strip mahjongg game with me, so I should keep etertained for the 13 hour flight.
The $80 was for the drive. $25 for a 50 pack of black CD-Rs. A bit expensive compared to more normal CD-Rs, but I really love the black ones that look like PSX discs. They end up having better UV protection, which is good since CDs end up being in my car 98% of their lifetime.