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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!

 




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