As I might have mentioned, the 100Gb drive in the MBP is pretty much full, so a new 320Gb drive is on its way to replace it. Sure, I thought briefly about a solid-state drive (SSD), but with the largest commonly-stocked drive clocking in at 64Gb for $1300 at most sites (compared to a conventional spinning 60Gb drive for $32), that idea vanished pretty fast.
In five years nobody will have a spinning hard drive in a laptop. But not now. Prices for SSD are falling, but not that fast. When they get to the fifty-cents-a-gig price point presently occupied by big notebook drives, or (even better) the 25-cents-a-gig pricing common to midsized desktop drives, we'll talk again.
It's odd... I can remember the first time I paid less than $1 per megabyte for a drive. It was 1992, and it was a used Connor 210-megabyte drive I paid $200 for. It's probably still around here somewhere. And now, drives are well under a dollar a gig. Nobody really buys backup tapes any more... you just get another drive (usually double the size and half the price of the one you got a great deal on a year ago) and clone the old drive to it. Somewhere around here I have an old HP 4mm tape drive that brand new, was probably $1000. Its capacity: 4 gig per tape. And it took all day to write it.
I am about to go rather subversive at work. I am going to start showing executives (and anyone else who'll listen) IdeaJam. The thing is, any organization with any sense would love to have such a tool in-house, a way to get the pulse of what people want, both in terms of systems as well as pretty damn near anything else, from cafeteria food to retirement plans. You don't even have to ask "poll" questions, because people will come out of the woodwork and post their wishes and other people will come out of the woodwork to support them or hoot at them.
I said, "any organization with any sense." Thing is, in my day job, over the years I've learned a couple of things, both of them germane to Domino and IdeaJam:
1. Lars Olufsen03/13/2008 07:49:37 AM
Turtle - Nail - Head
I'm struggling to get some leverage for IdeaJam as well, and I must admit, that I had never thought about what you're saying here before, but it absolutely makes sense.
It was that way "back in the days" when Notes and Domino grew into organizations with a very discreet bottom up approach. And it still is with all these fantastic collaborative and social oriented tools.
There's a fear that knowledge will replace control and disrupt the power structure. That's why we have to sneak these things around and plant seed outside the traditional power realm. Subversive indeed. We need to Cloak and Dagger our way through the corporate hierarchy, hiding in the shadows. Thank god, that Yellow is the new Black, then
Oh - and good call on the 320Gig drive. Don't forget to clean up before migrating (unless you're going to scratch and start over).
2. Gregg Eldred03/12/2008 10:54:40 PM
You have found my "dirty little secret" concerning IdeaJam and other collaborative tools. This is the exact same thing that I am faced with and how I go about planting the seeds.