March 21st, 2005


How to burn DVDs when you don't have the burner or the $$$.

When you have one large DVD ISO image (or an "image" of the DVD that will be created instead of individual files and directories)...
  • Find someone with the DVD-RW or DVD+RW burner that they will let you use.
    • Assuming that you have a CD burner to begin with...
      1. Get a file splitter, such as the one that comes with Zip Genius.
      2. Split the file
      3. Record a CD for each of the split files (kept under 650 MegaBytes).
      4. Take the CDs with you to the DVD burner to re-combine them, burn the resulting file to DVD.
    • You've got a small, spare hard drive lying around...
      1. Install hard drive as a secondary drive.
      2. Copy the file to the hard drive.
      3. Uninstall the hard drive.
      4. Take it with you to the DVD burner to install there, copy the file, and burn it to DVD.
    • Buy yourself a 4 GigaByte USB hard drive key chain (from Fry's Electronics) for a little under $200... oh, wait... that's the cost of a DVD burner...

Current PC technology is dying.

Current home computer technology is dying.

Most of today's desktop computers use a 32 bit processor.

That means that the processor can only handle numbers that can be represented by 32 bits in a single pass.

This also means that the 32 bit processor can only view the amount of computer memory that can be represented within 32 bits, or 4 GigaBytes of memory.

For the average home desktop, Windows will reserve half of the memory for itself, or 2 GigaBytes if 4 GigaBytes are available. This leaves up to 2 GigaBytes left for applications. Of the memory space that is left, 32 bit applications can only utilize up to 1.2 GigaBytes of continuous memory for their own use (without doing some fancy footwork).

So what?
  • DVRs and home-made DVRs are becoming popular. One can, quite easily, create a movie that is over 1.2 GigaBytes in size.
  • DVDs can store far more than 1.2 GigaBytes of data (which is only about 2 CDs worth).
That means that power users will run into performance limitations when handling large amounts of data, and today's power user is tomorrow's average user who will want to seamlessly edit large movies of their family's vacation on their computer for fun.

64 bit desktop processors and operating systems currently exist. Current 64 bit processors can view far more memory at once than the current mainstream PC. They depend on software developers writing software that is designed for the 64 bit processor in order to take full advantage of the processor's capabilities.

There's a sizable market niche for the operating system and application software that need to be designed for 64 bit processing to get the best performance and will be available today.

Watch out, Windows. Linux already supports 64 bit processing, and Linux software is most often distributed in source code, which means that it will be compiled for a 64 bit processor when installed.

(All of this is a bit of an over-simplification, so don't flame me too badly.)