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ReneeMona
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 Message 1513 of 3740
21 March 2011 at 10:16pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you nearly get hit by a car because you're so engrossed in your new Berlitz Essential Spanish book that you crossed the street without looking up. (Don't walk and read at the same time, kids!)
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psy88
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 Message 1514 of 3740
22 March 2011 at 3:19am | IP Logged 
ReneeMona wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when you nearly get hit by a car because you're so engrossed in your new Berlitz Essential Spanish book that you crossed the street without looking up. (Don't walk and read at the same time, kids!)




I am glad you didn't get run over. Now, if the driver was also a language nerd doing his Berlitz while driving,things might have been very different.
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patuco
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 Message 1515 of 3740
25 March 2011 at 6:59pm | IP Logged 
Jinx wrote:
Alois M. wrote:
.... when language learning-related material occupies 25 GB of your PC's hard-disk.


Oh yeah? How about... SIXTY gigabytes?


Nowhere nearly enough for a true language nerd. I've got nearly 1 TB, in just about every language under the Sun. This is after burning all my foreign films because my 2TB external hard drive was running out of space. Instead, I've now got over 500 DVDs, with two or three films on each.

I'm never going to read (or watch) everything I've got, but there's no way I would ever get rid of them.
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1516 of 3740
25 March 2011 at 7:10pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you're in hospital and you get given the dinner menu, on which one of the options is "mandarins" - you're confused because to you, Mandarin is only a language, not anything else.

Also you know you're a language nerd when the consultant comes in regarding the (fairly serious) operation you're going to be having the next day, and the only thing you can concentrate on is not what she's telling you, but trying to work out what part of Germany she comes from :P
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Jinx
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 Message 1517 of 3740
26 March 2011 at 1:22am | IP Logged 
patuco wrote:
Jinx wrote:
Alois M. wrote:
.... when language learning-related material occupies 25 GB of your PC's hard-disk.


Oh yeah? How about... SIXTY gigabytes?


Nowhere nearly enough for a true language nerd. I've got nearly 1 TB, in just about every language under the Sun. This is after burning all my foreign films because my 2TB external hard drive was running out of space. Instead, I've now got over 500 DVDs, with two or three films on each.

I'm never going to read (or watch) everything I've got, but there's no way I would ever get rid of them.


Hey, no fair, I didn't realize we could count our foreign-language films! I was going by academic material alone! *goes running off to re-calculate* Okay... I think you still win, patuco. ;)

EDIT: Got any recommendations for a dependable and not absurdly expensive external drive? The only good brand I know is Western Digital, but I'd like to be able to do some comparison shopping. The one I've got is 360 gigs, I think, and cost maybe $70. Is that a good price, or could I get better? I was hoping to find a 1TB without breaking $100, but if that kind of price comes at the expense of quality, I don't want to risk it. My language material is too important. :)

Edited by Jinx on 26 March 2011 at 1:26am

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Juаn
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 Message 1518 of 3740
26 March 2011 at 2:26am | IP Logged 
patuco wrote:
Jinx wrote:
Alois M. wrote:
.... when language learning-related material occupies 25 GB of your PC's hard-disk.


Oh yeah? How about... SIXTY gigabytes?


Nowhere nearly enough for a true language nerd. I've got nearly 1 TB, in just about every language under the Sun. This is after burning all my foreign films because my 2TB external hard drive was running out of space. Instead, I've now got over 500 DVDs, with two or three films on each.

I'm never going to read (or watch) everything I've got, but there's no way I would ever get rid of them.


I feel your pain. After spending hundreds of dollars though on several 2TB HDDs along with the enclosures to house them and still running out of space, I've come to accept that I'm probably not going to watch twice anyway all 240 episodes of Alisa: Folge deinem Herzen or the 700 or so of Обручальное кольцо, so I've resigned myself to let movies and video material go after one viewing. A dilemma remains however as to what to do with those Mongolian movies I swear I might need one day fifty or sixty years from now when surely after mastering thirty or forty other languages I'll finally have the time to consider learning that one.

Jinx wrote:
EDIT: Got any recommendations for a dependable and not absurdly expensive external drive? The only good brand I know is Western Digital, but I'd like to be able to do some comparison shopping. The one I've got is 360 gigs, I think, and cost maybe $70. Is that a good price, or could I get better? I was hoping to find a 1TB without breaking $100, but if that kind of price comes at the expense of quality, I don't want to risk it. My language material is too important. :)


What I do is buy a dual or quadruple external enclosure with RAID and use mirroring so that if one drive fails all the data is backed up in the other. A good 2TB internal hard drive can cost some $115, but I've seen some quality drives for as low as $90. Samsung and Hitachi are good brands; Seagate is to be avoided. Western Digital Green doesn't work well with RAID. This is a good and comparably inexpensive dual-bay enclosure.

Edited by Juаn on 26 March 2011 at 3:27am

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Jinx
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 Message 1519 of 3740
26 March 2011 at 3:24am | IP Logged 
Thanks for the tips, Juan – that sounds like a pretty foolproof setup you have. I'm making a note of the brands you mentioned – and thank you for the link too!
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 Message 1520 of 3740
26 March 2011 at 4:05pm | IP Logged 
Juаn wrote:
I feel your pain. After spending hundreds of dollars though on several 2TB HDDs along with the enclosures to house them and still running out of space, I've come to accept that I'm probably not going to watch twice anyway all 240 episodes of Alisa: Folge deinem Herzen or the 700 or so of Обручальное кольцо, so I've resigned myself to let movies and video material go after one viewing. A dilemma remains however as to what to do with those Mongolian movies I swear I might need one day fifty or sixty years from now when surely after mastering thirty or forty other languages I'll finally have the time to consider learning that one.


Tell me about it. I'm about to buy a few more HDDs (or possibly a RAID tower) myself since I keep running out of space for all my Korean media (and some Japanese media for when I "eventually start learning it"). Of course I also have what is essentially a manual RAID-1 setup (I have two external drives which I manually sync with robocopy), so I'm only utilizing about half the space I could theoretically use, but I'll take that trade off to prevent the chance of a drive dying and having to spend weeks locating and reacquiring all this data.

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What I do is buy a dual or quadruple external enclosure with RAID and use mirroring so that if one drive fails all the data is backed up in the other. A good 2TB internal hard drive can cost some $115, but I've seen some quality drives for as low as $90. Samsung and Hitachi are good brands; Seagate is to be avoided. Western Digital Green doesn't work well with RAID. This is a good and comparably inexpensive dual-bay enclosure.


The ironic thing is that Seagate used to be the gold standard for drives (mostly due to their 5-yr warranties), but lately they seem to be about the same as most other brands (and their 5-yr warranties have all but disappeared now). That said, though, both of my current externals are Seagate and we also use Seagate external drives at work (I work in IT) for offsite backups and they've performed well.

Despite their good reviews I've had very poor luck with Western Digital HDDs, especially at work where we've had entire batches of them suddenly start dying off (I've lost count of the number of 80GB 10000rpm WD Raptors we've had die). Even without those work batches included, most of my personal failed drives have been Western Digital HDDs as well (both retail and OE models). Personally, I make a habit of avoiding WD now.

I've not really owned any Samsungs, but their reviews are consistently good and I definitely consider them a worthwhile candidate (in fact, my next HDD purchase will most likely be Samsung drives).

I've owned/used several Hitachi HDDs and they've all worked flawlessly, so I have no complaints with that brand either.


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