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Portable Digital Media Storage

All desktop computers and laptops have some sort of storage medium which lets people store all kinds of files from documents to multimedia. This type of digital media storage falls in the non-volatile category since the data remains even when these systems are switched off. As long as the storage remains internally connected with the rest of the system, you can retrieve the data any time you need to.

However, transferring data to another system has a number of ways each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Network transferring and Internet uploading is convenient but that depends on your Internet connection speed. Portable digital media storage is a more sensible solution since you can take the data with you. Knowing the different types of storage can help you decide which is best for transferring your data.

Optical Media Storage

Optical media storage includes the family of CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and other disc formats for storage purposes. One of the earliest forms of optical media data storage is the CDs or compact discs. They are still widely used today for storing audio recordings in high quality. Their high 700 MB capacities were enough to replace the ancient floppy disks as soon as the hardware necessary to write data to blank CDs became cheap.

DVDs or digital video discs are more frequently used for storing data because they can store 4.7 GB of data which is far more than standard CDs. Many desktops and laptops nowadays come with DVD drives with support for burning to DVDs. There are even dual-layer variations which resemble standard DVDs physically but can store 8.5 GB of data. This format is widely used for storing higher quality movies for use with DVD players. But if you use certain video codecs, you may be able to store around 3 to 5 full length movies on a single disc. DVDs are very cost-effective when it comes to cost per gigabyte.

Blu-ray discs have an even greater storage capacity at 25 GB (or 50 GB for dual-layer) which is enough to store high definition video for use on the latest HDTVs. Although the format isn't dominating the DVD market, more people are appreciating the high-definition visuals and superior audio quality that Blu-ray discs can deliver. For data storage purposes, Blu-ray discs are more reliable portable digital media storage for backup than distribution since not all people have Blu-ray players that can read these discs.

Portable Drives

The main problem with all types of optical media storage is the time it takes to burn the data on to the disc. With fast drives and fast media, the quick speeds are tolerable but you cannot erase the data that you have burned unless you use the much slower rewriteable formats. Even then, you must clear the entire disc if you want to reuse the space for something else.

This makes portable drives a lot more reliable since you can use them the same way you would as regular hard disks. The flash media drives can transfer data faster and lately, their storage capacities go from 2 GB to 64 GB with the 2 GB to 8 GB drives to be highly affordable. There are also slower portable hard drives that you can plug into USB port but can go from 250 GB to 1 TB which is ideal for both backup and travel. It is expected for these portable digital media storage drives to dominate the market as the cost per gigabyte decreases.


The Impact Fame Has On The Personal Life Of A Celebrity

Celebrities have a huge impact on peoples' lives in the world today. A lot of people can't go through one day without checking the web, or their favorite celebrity magazine to read about the latest celebrity gossip, and the most up to the minute juicy tidbit of news about their favorite famous person. Celebrities can range from an actor or actress, singer, writer, movie producer or director, or reality show contestant. There are also people who are famous for "being famous", such as Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie.

Most people just gobble up any item of "news" that they can get about their favorite celebrities. It is too easy to focus on someone else's problems, so you don't have to give attention to your own difficulties! What these people don't think about is the fact that the more they read about and purchase information about these celebrities, the less privacy these people have in their lives. It's really no wonder that the majority of celebrities out there today mess up do often - they are under a serious amount of pressure!

When someone finally reaches "celebrity status" in today's world, it is great at first. They start to get recognized on the street every now and again, and every once in a while, they will get a meal for free just because the restaurant owner or manager is a big fan of the television show that they appear on. After a while, however, after they have climbed higher on the celebrity ladder, it gets to be not so much fun for these people. The paparazzi follow them everywhere they go, usually taking very awful and embarrassing pictures that cause fans to think that they are anorexic or pregnant or near death. The paparazzi don't just follow them on the street, but they also hide in trees near these celebrities' homes, taking pictures of their private, personal lives and printing them for the entire world to see the next day.

Being in the public eye so much definitely has a huge impact on the personal lives of our celebrities. When you think about it, if you could not leave your house to take a walk, or go to the local café for a latte without being swamped by cameras and reporters, your life wouldn't be much of a life either! Celebrities also receive phone calls every now and again from worried friends and relatives who see the tabloids in the grocery store and think that their friend or relative is dead or terminally ill, or about to split up with their spouse. The tabloids and magazines pretty much have a 100% record of being completely untrue, but people still worry!

Even when celebrities want to get married, they sometimes have to choose a spouse who is also in the public eye, because when someone is not used to the cameras and craziness, it can be too much for them to handle, along with a new marriage. Also, any famous person who dates a non famous person cannot help but wonder if their significant other would want to be with them if they were not a celebrity. When celebrities do get married and have children, life is harder for their families as well because of their parents' celebrity status.


How To Choose Wedding Reception Music

You've got the groom. You've got the dress. You've got lots of other details resolved. But have you resolved the music for your wedding reception? The process is simple but there are a few specifics you should consider.

NARROW BY GENRE: If you like a certain style of music (rock band, jazz band, blues band), then it's a good idea to search for that style of entertainment. Trust that your family and friends will like the type of music that you like - while keeping in mind age range and different backgrounds of your guests. Most good bands are experts in a certain type of style, but can occasionally throw in a special request to make grandma happy or switch to an iPod on a break to keep the kids dancing.

FINDING THE RIGHT BAND: You have an idea of what type of music you want to hear - but how do you find THE band? When it comes to booking a band, check out websites designed for live entertainment. One of the most popular sites is Gigmasters. A similar site is Gigsalad. Both of the websites have put the relevant information of groups on their sites so that you can determine the crucial details for your booking. Other wedding websites list vendors, but they don't focus exclusively on live entertainment. Regardless of where you find them, you should be able to view video clips and hear audio of any band's performance either through the band's website or YouTube.

ABOUT THE PLAYLIST: Once you've selected the genre and the band, there can still be a great amount of variation in what these guys will actually play on the gig. It's up to you how much control you want to have over the playlist at your wedding. Many bands come in with a fixed idea of what to play - their specialized set that is exactly what you hired them for! Other bands specialize in reading the mood of the crowd and are experts at driving the party. Both have strengths, but it's good to know in advance so you can adjust your expectations. If you have special requests, make sure to tell the band ahead of time so they have a chance to prepare.

NAME YOUR PRICE: Most bands have a certain range of prices they typically hire out for, but often respond to your budget as well! It's ok to name the price that you feel comfortable paying, and then be open to negotiation. Think about additional hidden costs (sound system, stage, dressing room or green room) and be clear on what the band needs and who is providing what. Once you agree on a price, you can expect to sign a detailed contract and may be asked to put down a deposit to reserve the date. (Tip: Contracts are serious! If you change your mind after signing a contract, you may lose your deposit. If you or the band changes the details or availability before the contract is signed, there is no further obligation and you can keep your deposit.)

FINAL DETAILS: You want to be sure the band has all the contact information for your wedding planner on the day of the event. It is often necessary to have someone coordinating the music between ceremony and reception, so if you have two different sets of musicians make sure they're communicating with each other and the wedding planner so everything goes smoothly. If you don't have a wedding planner, our advice is to appoint one. It could be someone in the bridal party or a relative, but it should be someone with a level head who can keep a perspective while you enjoy the day. There is nothing like the magic in the air when the right act and a well produced event come together.

The biggest job you have is to enjoy your wedding, and hopefully some of these tips will make sure that you can find a band that enables you to really celebrate your big day. Congratulations, and best of luck!


50 Cent - A Brief Biography

50 Cent (aka Curtis James Jackson) has been an explosive figure in the hip hop industry since his major label debut in 2003. Despite a hard childhood and youth, he has managed to pull himself out of the streets with unique rhymes and an ear for finding other rap talents.

50 Cent became rap's golden boy when he was signed for a reported one million with Eminem's Shady/Aftermath label. Emininem and rap superstar Dr. Dre built upon 50's already present talent to create the monster single "In Da Club." This 50 Cent song was featured on his first major label album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" which was released in 2003. The 50 Cent video for the song included appearances by both Eminem and Dr. Dre, which catapulted his success.

After the success of the album, Interscope records granted 50 cent with his own record label G-Unit Records. He immediately signed Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, childhood friends, for the label. He joined these artists in a group called G-Unit, which released "Beg for Mercy" in 2003. Later additions the label included Young Buck, Olivia, Mob Deep and Young Hot Rod. 2008 saw a second album from the G-Unit group called "T.O.S: Terminate on Sight".

At the same time, he began work on his second studio release entitled "The Massacre." The album sold 1.14 million copies in the first four days. The 50 Cent videos for "Candy Shop," "Disco Inferno" and "How We Do" helped place those three songs within the top five Billboard singles in the same week.

50 Cent's success is driven by his desire to overcome his rough childhood and the shooting in May 2000 that put his rap career on hold. He was born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York to a teenage mother. He was raised by his grandparents after his mother's murder when he was 8. By 12, 50 Cent was selling crack on the streets and taking guns to school. After several arrests during his late teens, he started to become interested in music.

During the late 1990s, he appeared on several records by other artists and was signed to Columbia records in 1999. He recorded thirty-six songs in two weeks and was prepared to release "Power of the Dollar" when he was shot. 50 Cent was attacked outside of his grandparent's home and was shot nine times. His shooter was never officially charged but was killed in the streets three weeks later. In 50 Cent pictures before and after the shooting, one can see the slight damage to his left cheek from the shooting.

Columbia records dropped the artist immediately, considering him too risky. However, this didn't stop his desire to become a rap star. While 50 Cent was recovering, he recorded thirty songs for rap mix tapes, which helped him build his reputation. It was on one of these mix tapes where Eminem first heard his music.

In addition to his wide discography, 50 Cent teamed with Reebok in 2003 to distribute G-Unit Sneakers. He also has a G-Unit Clothing company. He made his way into the video game world with the 2005 release of 50 Cent: BulletProof. A follow up to the game, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, was released in early 2009. He has also appeared in the films "Get Rich or Die Tryin'", "Home of the Brave" and "Righteous Kill".

50 cent's third album Curtis was released in September of 2007 and sold 691,000 copies in the first week. His fourth album, Before I Self Destruct is anticipated for a spring 2009 release.


The Story Behind Linkin Park

Linkin Park is a popular band, and hundreds, if not thousands, download music videos from the group every day. If you are one who loves to watch music videos of this group, take some time to learn a little more in-depth information about the group and its members.

History of Linkin Park

The band started with Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, and Rob Bourdon, three high school friends from California who enjoyed playing together. After graduation, they decided to see how far they could take their group, and then recruited three new members: Joe Han, Dave Ferrell, and Mark Wakefield. The new group gave themselves the name "Zero" and began to record and produce their own songs. The original songs were produced in Mike's bedroom studio, but they were struggling to land a record deal.

As with many similar bands, the lack of success led to tension. This caused two of the members to leave. First to leave was Wakefield, who was Xero's vocalist, followed by Farrell, who went on to tour with other groups.

The group had to recruit a new vocalist, and they turned to Chester Bennington. His unique singing style landed him a spot, and the new group changed its name to Hybrid Theory. As the band came back to life, it changed its name again to Linkin Park.

Still, the band continued to struggle. They turned to Jeff Blue, vice president of Warner Bros. Records, who had referred Chester Bennington to them in the past. With his help, they signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records in 1999, and their first successful album Hybrid Theory, was released in 2000.

The first album contained much of the work from the group over the last ten years. Music fans enjoyed it, and it sold over 4.8 million records its first year. Singles from the album were popping up all over the place, including several hit movies. The album was nominated for three Grammies, winning the Grammy for the best hard rock performance, which solidified the band's popularity.

Over time, bassist Dave Farrell rejoined the group, and they published the remix album Reanimation, which earned second spot on the Billboard 200. This opened the band to touring, and in 2002 the band released its third album, Meteora, which featured a variety of styles.

Between 2004 and 2006, the band rested from recording for a while, allowing its members to work on side project while the group did some tours. Linkin Park came back together in 2006 to record Minutes to Midnight, which was not released until November of 2008 due to the band's busy tour schedule.

Trivia About Linkin Park

- The band is named after Lincoln Park in Santa Monica
- The Linkin Park song Leave out All the Rest was played in the movie Twilight
- Shadow of the Day is the first music video produced by Linkin Park that did not feature the entire band
- The first show the band performed was at The Whisky
- The What I've Done video is the most popular among YouTube users who download music videos online
- The band owns its own record company, which is called "Machine Shop Records"
- The band's most popular song is "In the End" from Hybrid Theory
- The album cover for Hybrid Theory was designed by Mike
- The band's music is considered Nu-Metal and Rapcore
- Meteora's name came from a set of monasteries in Greece

By knowing a little more about the group, downloading music videos of Linkin Park will be much more enjoyable. The group continues to make new music, so new music videos will continue to be produced for avid fans to enjoy.


Good Running Songs

There are many people that say you should not run with music. But, I feel it's safe as long as you have the volume at a decent level. You don't have to listen to it at the level of being in person at a rock concert! When I listen to music, I can hear cars and sounds around me.

So, now that we've established that it's alright to run with music - we need to talk about what music is good to run to. There are some great running songs out there and here are some of my favorites. These songs can get me going when the going may get tough.

1. Theme From Rocky. All runners should have this on their playlist. I can't tell you how many times I've been at a tough time in a longer run - or during a hill workout, when the Theme From Rocky suddenly starts playing. By the way, I do believe my iPod is psychic. It seems to know when I need to hear something motivating. Anyway, this song just pumps me up and gets me going strong again.

2. Eye Of The Tiger. Same thing. The beat and the message just gets you going.

3. The Champion In Me. I really like this song. I feel that all of us that are out there on the roads everyday are champions. So, how appropriate is this song?

4. Going The Distance. Also, a Rocky song. This is from one of the later movies - but I really like this song and it helps me along.

5. Nothin' But A Good Time. Not really sure why this song gets me going but it does. Love the beat and I guess I'm just having a good time when I'm running!

6. I'm So Excited. Nothing like a good beat by the Pointer Sisters to get the blood pumping.

7. Perfect Day. This song just makes me feel good. Like when I'm running it's got to be a perfect day!

8. Walking On The Sunshine. Once again - another song that just makes me feel good all over.

9. Living On A Prayer. Love Bon Jovi - and love this song.

10. Anything by KISS, REO Speedwagon or Journey. Love my thumping 70′s arena rock. And, the beat does keep you moving.

And, now I'll admit to music that I love to listen to on the run - OK, anytime. Disco music. Now, once you stop laughing - read on. Disco music has a great beat which helps on your runs. Also, it will help you with your moods when you're not on the run. You can be having a bad day, a disco song starts playing and you instantly start feeling better and getting out of your funk. It does work. Continue your laughing now!

Well, that's some of my favorite songs that gets and keeps me moving while on the run.


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