Wednesday, 02 March 2011
What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago downloading an MP3 file of an average length pop song would hog up tons of bandwidth and test the patience of a saint. Fast forward and today downloading or streaming uncompressed, feature length films, full CDs, and huge graphic files are as common place as sending emails. Modern Internet bandwidth has created a new culture, one where massive file transfers, real time video, and wireless hot spots are part of daily life. But there have been other developments that have also changed the way we go about managing our media. Data storage has become affordable, and shockingly so. A 1TB USB external hard drive can be found at most electronics stores and e-tailers like Amazon for under a $100, with prices continuing to drop due to fierce competition and innovation. ...