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We have a dvd player and a small collections of movies on disk. However, we also rent them and I've got to admit, I think the video tape is a lot more robust than the disk. A scratch on a tape can mean upto a minute of the movie is lost. The same scratch on a dvd and you can lose half the damn film. Dvds are smaller and easier to store. How many hours of recording is possible on a dvd? Does it compare with the potential to record 15 hours worth if a five hour tape is used on a recorder with extended play facility? If not, the chances are you'll find yourself taking up more room with dvds to store the same amount of movies/programmes etc.

There are now dvd recorders with hard disk drives too. That is an improvement I grant you. But what if some clever sod found a way to introduce virii into these drives? How likely is it that video tapes could be affected in the same way?

I'm not a Luddite by any means, but I watch people drooling over ipods, digital cameras, 3G mobiles phones, LCD televisions, home cinemas and so on and it makes me wonder if we're not heading for a fall.

A bit uncharitable of me? Well, perhaps, but in the race to have the best electronic gadgetry, have we maybe lost sight of more fundamental values? And as I ponder my next purchase of who knows which digital delight, my property deeds to the moral high ground go up in a cloud of hypocritical smoke. Anybody got a mobile phone with integrated camera to sell?

Take care y'all

Paul the Ogg

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In five hundred years time, most of us will be forgotten dust. But Hitler will still be remembered, God loves irony.


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The following comments are for "Video tapes kick dvd's ass!"
by Ogg

i hear ya
i don't like it either. i'm not completely anti-technology, but i really hate when things become obsolete. when they stop making vinyls i don't know what i'm gonna play all my vinyls on. i have a few hundred horror movies on vhs, do i really have to say more?

( Posted by: BAAL [Member] On: August 23, 2006 )





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