We still occasionally receive or buy another movie DVD. We alphabetized the movies by title first word or key word. They're in a monster big dvd wallet plus two smaller ones. We should have enough movies now but still add occasionally.
Years later than our children, we discovered converting our music to digital format (we can do this for movies someday, maybe?). We saved all our CDs onto the computer then bought a used iPod and keep all the music on the iPod. We created a few play lists to suit our music listening moods. The iPod connects to the RV's Sony radio so we can play any album or group of songs we want throughout the camper.
April 2010 our Windows laptop suffered a deadly crash. Lost Operating System, all apps, almost all data. No problem, though, because we're trained ex-professionals and we have back-ups, right? Wellllll, sort of. We'd been busy. You know how it is, right? Okay the most recent back-up was two months old, that's not too big a problem. Lots of our stuff is web-based, like banking transactions, our web site, our blog, our email.
The problem was our failure to realize we weren't backing up what we thought we were. Fortunately we had a copy of all music and podcasts on our iPod and were able to restore the collection onto our rebuilt laptop. Now we back up both laptops every week or two onto two separate portable hard drives each.
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How do we handle print media?
In our former lifetime we enjoyed the morning paper, particularly on the weekends. It's a rare thing now for us to glance at one but a pleasure when we visit our local coffee shop. Otherwise our daily news now is mostly on line from Reuters, Economist, Christian Science Monitor, PBS, or Flipboard.
We read most every issue, cover to cover, of Time Magazine, AARP, Airstream Life, QST (Amateur Radio), Appalachian Trail Conference, Carolina Alumni Review, Blue Beret (Airstream Club), then leave them at campgrounds or recycle them.
We pick up books at laundry rooms and campgrounds through swapping. Read a couple, carry them in and swap one for one. Keeps our library weight and bulk down, provides interesting diversity in title and subject. But sometimes we just can't find a book we've heard about or read a review on. These we put on our Amazon wish or birthday list and hope our families are noticing. Even better though is when they gift us something we can eat or drink. Recently we checked out a couple of e-books from a local library. Pretty cool, very portable since they're on our iPads. We then learned these are generally abridged. Not a problem, we really enjoyed reading them and the portability was pretty sweet.
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