If you've read my blogs at all, you'll know that I go to many concerts, and buy lots of CDs. You can browse my CD collection on my site, and use it to search YouTube for examples for each band. It's something I take pretty seriously. It also presents a lot of unexpected problems.
What do you rip to? Right now I'm ripping to 192k MP3, which is fine, most of the collection is 128k MP3 though, which is not fine. Since I need to re-rip anyway, I'm considering ripping it all to FLAC and then transcoding that to whatever bitrate is good for MP3 at the time.
The issue here is that CDs do die. Even when held in isolation and never played, like mine are. We currently have 8 of the big CD binders and a couple of boxes in the attic full of empty jewel cases.
Another problem I was having was that when I'd go to a record store, which usually ends up with about 20 discs at a shot, I would sometimes buy something my wife had gotten like a week earlier. This is why I wrote the collection browser above, so I could be in the middle of the store and looking at the site on my phone to verify what I already have, or to jog my memory about something I wanted to pick up. Often, I'll have a whole list of stuff to look for on the way in and then just draw a blank.
Once you reach a certain point, backup also becomes something you think about. What if the house burns down, do I really want to completely lose gigs and gigs of MP3s? Photos are the same problem, we used to just keep on buying 2GB memory cards, filling 'em, sticking them in a drawer when they fill up, and buy more. That's not really scalable either.
This is why I wrote the Backups article on the main page. It was prompted by someone elses laptop drive dying, but it was something I knew I needed to do anyway.
So now I have a NAS to do nightly profile backups for the both of us, plus CDs and other common files, then another drive to take to store in my office safe and bring home on weekends to get updated so I have an off-site backup.
Scripted backups are great for Linux and OSX, but what if I ran Windows? I guess I'd just have to kill myself, I think that's the only answer.
Why can't hobbies be easy?