Re: digitizing private media

Brian Atkins (
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 12:58:30 -0500

Noo... MP3s may be nice, but they are lower quality. Why not buy a Slink-e from and one or more 200 CD changers and permanently locate your music somewhere with a nice net connection. Then you could stream from the pc hooked up to the slink-e and listen to your music anywhere in the world that has the bandwidth. There probably needs to be a company that provides this service... hmm.

Eugene Leitl wrote:
> A whole while ago we were talking about personal data/document management.
> This has become especially relevant to me since I've had to move a lot in
> the course of the last two years -- and resources I can't access are useless.
> Albeit belatedly, I am happy to report to having begun destillation of
> my music CDs into mp3s. It's slow, and I can't batchify it yet, but
> it's a start. With 128 kBit, which is roughly CD quality one averages
> at about 1 MByte/min audio. On a 10 GByte disk you thus can store
> ~160 CDs or about 7 days of audio. With a laptop, or a wearable,
> you're even mobile.
> Unfortunately, I haven't managed in creating a capability to scan
> personal books whether as bitmap or using OCR in time before my next
> move -- a lot of books will thus have go into storage, and probably
> not under ambient conditions :(
> Has anybody experiences in converting treekiller literature into data,
> particularly under SANE/Linux? (I'm not a zealot, I have FineReader
> and NT as well, it it's of any use).
> Is it doable, or a pipe dream?
> How long do you take for a single book on the average?
> Did you do straight bitmaps or went for the whole hog (OCR)?
> What is your storage medium?
> Retrieval method?
> Migration strategy to future storage media?
> thanks,
> 'gene

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