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Posted 05-28-2012 at 12:36 PM by peonuser

Seems awful convenient that with the alleged hard drive shortage, that prices for drives will go even higher. Sometimes I get the sense that with the price of drives of going up, there is no incentive to retool and produce more drives. There is less cost from having less factories and with more profit per drive becase of demand, therefore there is a doubly wider profit margin. With people addicted to having to have media warehouses to put it nicely, makes the hard drive manufacturers even more greedy.

My web server ata hard drive (a whopping 30 gigs saying that with tongue in cheek) bit the dust. Lucky I found a spare 40 gig in the closet. We will see how long it lasts. May have enough drives to pull from old systems outlast the alleged hard drive price gouging. Thank god I am not a media junkie and have to quench a thirst or habit for needing unlimited hard drive space.

Diskless computing from using ltsp, iscsi, aoe, and the like are good alternatives to needing drives for client machines. Web based applications are another way to save space. Practice of load once and serve many. Diskless thin clients and or old machines running diskless is the way to go. Already purchased ide compact flash adapters to convert existing machines to thin clients. Cheaper than buying all new thin clients.

Then it also came to me that the alleged hard drive shortage could also be a ploy to get (aka force) people to use the cloud. Then computing could be controlled by a few. Such devious tactics are just a whim of my own conjouring. Will still use the net for a while. As for the cloud, we will just use our own stuff. Long live free computing.
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