Falling for some Link Bait ;)

As I was running disk cleanup on the Windows 98 machine we have here (it’s not used too often, and the only practical use that I have for it is to use our ancient parallel scanner, other than that my mom uses it for the most part), I thought of the contest being run at sitefever.com.

It was going to run until October 23rd, but apparently it’s been shortened to end in the next week or so. What is the contest, y’all are asking? It’s a contest to win a 1TB external hard drive. So, there’s the link bait πŸ˜‰

However, there is another part of the contest – what I’d do with a 1TB hard drive. Well, I haven’t mentioned it before, but I’m addicted to watching TV shows from around the world – particularly Australia. We don’t get a lot of the quality shows that they have down there – Enough Rope with Andrew Denton and The Chaser’s War on Everything (even though I didn’t think that their stunt at APEC was terribly funny) are two shows that I watch on a regular basis, usually by them magically being sent to my computer.

I’m also a sucker for forms of racing that, while they do air here, they don’t show it until December, when the series has already finished their seasons; and even then, they only show highlight shows. Again, these are magically sent to my computer. πŸ˜‰

The problem is that it takes up hard drive space. I do have DVDs, but I’m a lazy sod that has a ton of DVDs, but need to make the time to actually burn them (it’s a longer process because I like to confirm the burnt data).

With a 1TB hard drive, I’d be able to store tons and tons of videos on there. I’d also be able to record more TV using my capture card, as the recording settings I use take about 70 megs per minute. I then compress the video files down to about 8 megs per minute.

Oh, and the other computer? I’d be able to take almost everything that isn’t system or program related and store it on the vast expanses of the terabyte. Trust me, there are a lot of documents on that computer, though they could almost all be removed, but I’m a certified digital packrat.

I know that one terabyte is probably more than I’ll ever need, but if I did have it, I’d certainly take that for a test. Then again, I thought that 200GB would be more than I’d ever need, but I’ve gone all the way down to 20GB free. πŸ˜‰