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Technology moving forward

Isn't it weird how it's quicker to transfer files over a broadband connection than it is to get them from a CD or floppy disk these days?

Is the Internet becoming the easiest place to store files? Are CDs and DVDs becoming obsolete (for data-transfer purposes, at least)?

Discuss!

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irnbruise
Dec. 1st, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
I like storing and transferring files online (YouSendIt, etc.), but I always worry that I should make CD/DVD backups in case the site disappears or something. Not that I actually do.

I have a lot of friends either in graduate school or with jobs that use large files, they are given those USB memory keys to use for free!
idigital
Dec. 1st, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
At Teesside, we're given web-based file storage on the Windows network, and SFTP/SCP-based file storage on our UNIX network, although running Rocket Dog Creative's servers means I can put things there too (for example, I could put things on http://www.unadopted.co.uk if I wanted to.

The only reason I use CDs now is to reinstall operating systems when fixing someone else's computer. And even then, beyond the OS install, I take my laptop and a network lead to transfer everything else (Firefox / Thunderbird / Network Drivers) -- it's just faster.
irnbruise
Dec. 1st, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
I do not work in computer geekery, so all of my filesharing is recreational. I wouldn't even know how to do the stuff you're talking about. :) At work I am sometimes given files on CD to run through an "auto converter" program, but the more technologically savvy coworkers will put them on a public drive for me instead.
bigme
Dec. 1st, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
ravensbourne didn't allow outside access to files, so i made a habit of scping everything back onto hobbes at the end of the day
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