Today, I came to the conclusion that a blank DVD is not big enough for the backups I like to do.
Then, I took a step back from that thought and said to myself WTF?! I grew up in the days when mass storage was a shoebox of 5.25″ floppies that hold a whopping 180K of space on each disk (single-sided, low density). [By comparison, a 40 page technical spec I wrote for work in MS-Word would span about 3 or 4 of those floppies.] I backed up such a shoebox to CD a few weeks ago and was pissed off that I was wasting 90% of the space on the disc with empty space. How the heck can a blank 5 gig disc be “not enough?!” Now, I can pay $14.95 (plus tax, which is now zero for me) and get 25 gigs in the size of 2.5 CD jewel cases (they come in those little half-cases) and it is not enough.
I think I am going to have to put blank DVDs on my Holy Shit List. (“What's a Holy Shit List?”). I think I will also have to finalize a rough working version of my Holy Shit List and post it somewhere.
And hey, at what point did society start using “disc” instead of “disk?”