Post by Michelle Steiner Post by Larry Post by Michelle Steiner
I had an expired rented movie on my iPhone
Rented?? They RENT movies?! How silly......
Not silly at all; I wanted to watch it on an airplane flight, and didn't
want to buy it because I doubted that I would ever want to see it again.
No, no, NO!......
First you buy a device that can PLAY movies downloaded free from usenet,
usually in DivX format (alt.binaries.movies.divx). This device also
needs to have some way of loading large files, quickly, either over a
network bandwidth, USB port or by removable, rewritable and tiny-for-
their-capacity cards, preferably cards that are standardized and very
cheap. SDHC cards currently fit this condition very well. 16GB SDHC
cards are down to $35-40 and can be infinitely reloaded and reused. The
number of cards you need depends on how long your travels are and how
intensive your movie/music addictions. DivX movies are from 730MB to
1.4GB so from 21 to 11 movies fit on a single card with room left over
for a few hundred MP3 files the device should also be able to play
without special, proprietary controls. You should be able to simply
load the movie on the card, plug in the card and play it with any file
manager. Even on a netbook, SDHC cards are BEST because they don't
require the hard drive in the netbook to run continuously. They used
MUCH less power than a running hard drive, so I prefer them for movie
Now you are only limited by how many terabyte USB hard drives your desk
has room for...(c;] I've graduated to network drives, here, so my
mobile devices can load movies/music directly off the network really
fast, whether wifi or direct Ethernet at 100Mbps. Loading a movie takes
approximately 3 minutes directly connected to my router, directly to
either a pocket tablet's SDHC card or the netbook SDHC cards.
Now your problem is movies are 90-120 minutes long and you must allocate
"quality time" during lunch at a nice restaurant to watch "Angels and
Demons", because to stop such a deep plot and exciting movie just
because you have to be back at work at 1 is horrible!
There's a cool little wallet for SD cards that can store a lot more of
them than you'll ever own. It's about the size of an eyeglass case and
1/2" thick. Your whole movie collection after years of downloading will
probably fit, if you want variety.
Rent? How silly....(c;]