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