Taking Ripfest to the Next Level

You know what makes this blog great? It’s always remind­ing me of my short­com­ings. No, not that I post once a month; that I post res­o­lu­tions every year and nev­er ful­fill them.

This year I planned on rip­ping all my CDs to my Mac­Book. Didn’t hap­pen. It’s tedious, there’s nev­er time, the litany of excus­es goes on and on. That changes next year.

Why? Because if we’re plan­ning on buy­ing a new home in 2013, I need to shrink my por­tion of dig­i­tal goods con­sid­er­ably. There’s no excuse to not have every­thing loaded onto a com­put­er that can be accessed via home shar­ing. Flip­ping con­tent from com­put­er to oth­er devices in the home is real­ly awe­some and I’m final­ly see­ing that poten­tial.

What does it mean? I need an iMac. While every­one is going small­er — whether that’s iPads or Mac­Book Airs — I’m real­iz­ing that I need a machine that can com­fort­ably store all the CDs and DVDs I own local­ly that I can then access on mobile devices. My Mac­Book just won’t cut it. I want some­thing that can whirr qui­et­ly upstairs and be the clas­sic home com­put­er. I think iMac fits the bill.

Wish me luck in 2012 in get­ting our dig­i­tal life togeth­er! (Do peo­ple still even buy used CDs and DVDs?)

The Commodore Vic 20

Think your Win­dows-based PC takes a long time? This took for­ev­er. It boot­ed from a cas­sette! It was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence to actu­al­ly inter­act with some­thing on the tele­vi­sion screen. I can’t believe how lucky my sis­ter and I were to have one. That $300 com­put­er in 1980 would cost $793 today!

Hard to believe that this was my first com­put­er. What was yours?