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Tech Tip
by Brad Appleby
Appleby Arts

WORM (Write Once, Read Many) Memory Chips

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I recently had a student in my Digital Photo Class at the College of Southern Nevada that did not know how to download the memory chip in her camera. So her way to fix this problem was to buy a new chip when one would get full. These new WORM chips were made for her. Once you take the photos, they can be stored on the chip for about 100 years. The nice thing is, once recorded, the files on these chips can’t be altered or deleted. The chips should initially be cheaper than regular memory chips. But if the chips are eventually used for such “official” things as police investigations, court testimonies and electronic voting, the price might be forced up. At many local electronics stores right now, the 128MB WORM memory chips are available from SanDisk.

Memory chips are getting bigger every day, with some now up to 64GB in size. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes; 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. You can fit a lot of pictures and videos on one chip. Make sure you back up the chips because if you get an error you could lose a lot of important information.

iPod Sharing
So you recently upgraded your iPod and want to copy songs and playlists to another iPod. You don’t have your computer to do the copying, so what can you do? miShare is a new, neat little gadget for sharing files and playlists between iPods. No computer or cable is needed, and it’s real easy to use. Just attach the source and target iPods and press miShare’s big button to start the transfer. Visit for more information on this handy $99 product.
iPod music storage can be done a few ways. I suggest getting a removable drive to save all of your songs. They cost about $125 for 500GB and less for smaller drives. You can also back up your songs on DVD. If you have 80GB of music or 24,000 songs, you would need about 17 DVDs to do the backup.

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