Monthly Archives: January 2010

Skiing

Skiing is one of the best thing I know. Unfortunatly I only manage to have one week a year in the white stuff the last couple of years.

The other weekend I looked through our photo archive and found some nice photos that I scanned and created a little web album and here is the story behind some of the photos:

In the late 80’s I spent more hours on the slopes. Two years as a ski bum in Ischgl, Austria and the winter season 1987/’88 Vibe and I spent in Meribel, Les Trois Vallées, France that bills itself as one of  the largest ski able areas in the world.

It is a massive interconnected ski region, consisting of three main resorts and eight villages in three valleys:
Vallée de Courchevel – Courchevel 1,300, 1,550, 1,650 and 1,850 meters.
Vallée de Méribel – Méribel, Mottaret are in the middle of Les Trois Vallées and provides the most convenient access to the area.
Vallée des Belleville – Les Menuires, Val Thorens that is the highest village in Les Trois Vallées (2,300m) and the highest ski resort in Europe.

On our tour around the world in 1989-1991, we visited Treble Cone, Wanaka, New Zealand. Treble Cone ski area is located in the Matukituki Valley, 28 km west of Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island. Driving time is about 30 minutes from Wanaka and 100 minutes from Queenstown, a major tourist resort.

The skiarea faces northeast, giving the field protection from cold southerly winds and providing lots of sunshine.

Treble Cone offers the largest lift-served vertical drop on the South Island and is voted having one of the best views in the world.

See all the images ::>

Floppy R.I.P.

Finally my floppy disks are copied to the computer to be burned on a CD…
They are destroyed and ready for the graveyard – may you rest in peace…

While working with these old school storage utilities I thought a little bit about how storage of data has changed during the last decade and what the future will bring.

The floppy disks could hold some 2 MB each and you needed several of them to copy data and for applications.  On a CD you can burn 700 MB (350 floppy disks), a DVD around 4 GB and a USB flash drive can these days contain up to 256 GB!

What’s next? More data on smaller utilities. The challenge is maybe that the USB slot USB Flash Drivesize is too big 😉 or are we going to use small data cards looking like SIM cards for the mobile? What’s the limit?

In the future the  storage utilities are maybe so small that we have difficulties handling them, we misplace them and can’t find them, a baby, dog or cat swallow them, there isn’t room for the label :-)…



Found this self portrait on one of the floppies…