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    Thought yous guys might be interested in this: http://www.us.buy.com/retail/clearan...4872&loc=13057

    Seems like a pretty good deal. This is the first time i've seen the selling commercially. Hopefully M-Ram isn't too far behind so we can all suspend to it!

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    I can't say much about the hard drive thing, but I love your user name

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    I wonder how much a 20GB compact flash card will cost.

    Interesting concept, but not ready for prime time just yet.

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    I have to agree with arby, any hitchhiker is alright by me.
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    I considered doing this..

    Linux installed on a 128mb CF card... nice fast boot.. with all my mp3's on a regular drive.

    never got around to it.. *sigh*
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    I am doing exactly what netster thought about doing. I have a 128MB CompactFlash as the primary master IDE device in a simple $20 CompactFlash->IDE adapter (they are pin compatible you know . Anyway, I have linux installed on a read-only partition so I don't have to worry about corrupting my root filesystem due to failure or improper reboot. Also, unless you are adding/deleting mp3s to the mass storage hard drive, you can keep that mounted read-only as well and avoid the same problems.

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    if compact flash THAT fast? I always thought such types of flash ram were a little on the slower side......

    interesting concept though.....
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    magnetik, the answer to your question is: 42.

    It depends what speed you are measuring. Most cards run in PIO 1 mode, but you still won't get more than a 2.5MB/s throughput (which is plenty to load the OS and apps). This is why you put the large and/or bandwidth intensive files (digital video, for example) on a standard ATA drive on either and IDE/SCSI/1394 (highspeed) interface.

    One advantage you do have with CompactFlash on the IDE bus is 2ms access times (harddrives are at _least_ five times slower), which is good if you have lots of small reads.

    With a 100,000 write limit, you obviously wouldn't use this for scratch space, but using it for storing your kernel, OS, and apps, on a read-only filesystem, is a good high-availability (and lowcost) SSD option.

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    I'm using the compact flash for primary boot as well, except I paid a little less than $20 for 'em. (have 10, just so I can get a discount). Anyone in the state of NY need one?
    I bought a 258meg compact flash card for about $89. The 512meg was around $300 or so. Also, with compression, you can get more space (of course, dont do something silly like try to compress MP3s or ZIP files).
    They will accept type 1 and type II flash. 4 capaciters, and a jumper (for master/slave).

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    Originally posted by laxrox:
    <STRONG>magnetik, the answer to your question is: 42.
    </STRONG>
    OK smartass, what's the question? The mice weren't able to figure it out, and neither was a super-intelligent shade of blue, so how come you know?

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