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Will Your Next Hard Drive Be Liquid?
8/19/2014

Microscopic images of the liquid data, which Sharon Glotzer and David Pine hope to turn into a liquid hard drive.(Source: Royal Society of Chemistry)
Microscopic images of the liquid data, which Sharon Glotzer and David Pine hope to turn into a liquid hard drive.
(Source: Royal Society of Chemistry)

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Move forward, but donít throw away the past
Cabe Atwell   8/26/2014 5:05:12 PM
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JimT,

I would have liked to see HD-DVD stick around alongside Bluray.

I recently could several boxes of VHS tapes and realized one valuable thing about media... format means nothing. The ability to use it in any particular form could vanish. So, I say straight digital is the only way to go.

Cloud based storage of all media (music, video, data) is the only true way to survive format obsolecence. 

Now I either convert the VHS tapes to digital, or I recycle them. Leaning toways the later.

Cabe

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Mydesign   8/25/2014 12:12:57 AM
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"Surely it will be there in the future as well but not sure whether it will function as it is now because things will change and the things that are hits these days will become outdated products in the future"

Saji, certain things are unpredictable. We have seen in audio recording media for audio players. Initially its recorded in disk, then tapes and then again back to CD etc.

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Mydesign   8/25/2014 12:10:00 AM
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" Totally understood: my comment was more of me thinking out loud. I would be nice if such data was available to review."

Mrdon, not an issue.

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mrdon   8/22/2014 1:12:08 PM
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Mydesign,

 Totally understood: my comment was more of me thinking out loud. I would be nice if such data was available to review.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   8/21/2014 5:49:07 PM
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Thanks,  Cabe – I did not know that.  But I guess that underlines the point that Beta must've been superior, and the mass market still squeezed it out.  That was the point I was trying to make about keeping existing (good) technologies while allowing other (new) technologies to advance, without necessarily obsoleting the previous.

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Cabe Atwell   8/21/2014 3:18:45 PM
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Jim,

Beta was still used at television stations! I never lost, really.

 

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   8/21/2014 11:47:44 AM
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I know you're right.  The best way for a product to fade away, is when it becomes useless in obsoletion. That is the natural way, and everyone would accept that.   

But my point was, that sometimes, competing technologies tend to crowd-out perfectly viable alternate technologies, and the financial winner becomes the dominant champion.  The loser wasn't necessarily obsolete; just beaten down.  Like Beta vs. VHS; or Nextel-iDEN protocol vs. Sprint-CDMA. Both losers in these two examples were technically superior products.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   8/21/2014 11:41:02 AM
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Laughing, in acknowledgment.  Your solutions are likely lurking right there, in one of those little blobs, in the water! It'll just take a few more years to recognize them.  (they're only like the zygote stage, right now!)

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Cadman-LT   8/21/2014 10:44:47 AM
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Great article Cabe. That's some really mind blowing stuff there. The things people come with just amazes me to no end.

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a.saji   8/21/2014 3:35:14 AM
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@JimT: Surely it will be there in the future as well but not sure whether it will function as it is now because things will change and the things that are hits these days will become outdated products in the future. 

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