“What???” I hear you ask… Well, those of you who have so far not heard of the latest thing in high capacity portable disk storage. If it works as well as claimed, its going to replace CDs and DVDs as the current storage medium of choice.
Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD) is the name of a next-generation optical disc format jointly developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), a group of the world’s leading consumer electronics, personal computer and media manufacturers (including Apple, Dell, Hitachi, HP, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TDK and Thomson). The format was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25GB, which can be used to record over 2 hours of HDTV or more than 13 hours of standard-definition TV. There are also dual-layer versions of the discs that can hold 50GB.
I currently have an external drive which is a Maxtor Onetouch 200G Firewire… but to be able to have high capacity disks of a theoretically infinite number (think massive floppies) and the drive to read them… well… its all good!