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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/11-Sep-06

Comments on: Mac to School 2006: The $2,000 Challenge — Dan Pourhadi’s back-to-school article elicits praise and discussion of laptop memory. 7 messages

Preserving digital media across the ages — Remember those CDs you burned your important files onto? They may not last as long as you once thought. Readers talk about ways of preserving data, both for your own backups and for the next generations. 5 messages

Learning to programme — What advice can TidBITS readers (many of whom are programmers) give to someone who’s looking to become a programmer? What languages should one focus on, and what type of background is needed? 25 messages

Programming cage match: Languages or Discipline? Is the large number of programming languages due to sloppiness and corner-cutting by developers? The discussion also moves from programming languages to spoken languages and how each evolve. 24 messages

Pathetic nostalgia for old CDs/DVDs — You probably have a box somewhere in your office or house, filled to the brim with old data CDs and DVDs that you’re never going to need… but you don’t have the heart to just throw it away. What do you do with it? 5 messages

Is iPod the panacea? The iPod is regarded as a current pinnacle of design by some, but is its reliance on few buttons actually a benefit? 14 messages

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