It’s amazing what people will buy

It is truly amazing the stuff that people will buy, especially over on the global tat bazaar that is eBay.

I recently had a clear-out of my “odds and sods” computer box at home and found an ancient Iomega Zip drive (original ATA internal 100MB drive), along with 6 blank discs. Total formatted storage capacity is around the 580MB mark. I managed to sell this pack of disks for a profit of around a fiver. Now at the time of writing, I can find a 1GB USB2 flash memory stick for a little over seven quid. A flash drive is lighter, smaller, more reliable, more widely accepted in machines, and faster.

Now on to the other item which I’ve recently tried to get rid of: a decent quality ATX PC case. You can pick up a cheap one online (without PSU) for about twenty-five pounds. I put mine up for sale at a tenner, but got no interest. I finally managed to give it away gratis today.

So how come someone will pay a tenner (by the time the buyer included P&P) for slow, outdated technology with a far more capable alternative; yet no-one will pay a tenner for a perfectly serviceable unit that would last for at least the next five years? As I said, it’s amazing what people will buy.

More macro messing

I’ve been having a bit more play with my new macro lens and have come up with this shot:

It’s the pattern made by washing-up liquid bubbles on the inside of a glass. I’ve turned it into a duotone, just for a bit more impact.

Strange thing is, I never set out to get that picture. I was aiming to capture “an enigmatic image of a glass which one could not determine whether it was half full or half empty”. Pretentious idiot.

I made a bit of an arse of the half full / half empty thing and decided to change tack by pouring a bit of cooking oil onto the top of the water and letting it settle. I wanted to see the two separate layers close up. I did capture a neat shot of some bubbles trapped in-between the layers, but that’s for post-processing some other time.

I was about to give up and squirted a load of Fairy liquid into the glass before throwing it down the sink. I stopped and noticed the patterns which quickly formed as the washing-up liquid sank to the bottom (with a strong blue hue), the water sat on top of this, and then the oil floated on that. The bubbles formed on top of the oil, and that’s how I ended up with this image.

Change of Blog Title

Why the change in title? Because I can and I was already bored with the existing title.

What does it mean? Well the whole Internet is almost entirely stored on conventional hard-drives. Even those with auto-generated content is based on templates and data held on hard drives somewhere. To store this data, hard drives have their spinning platters coated with iron (III) oxide – aka rust*. Hence, the Internet is all just spinning rust.

Strange to think that a huge part of the Western world’s economy is based on that, isn’t it?

* Well they used to – these days it’s special alloys of cobalt, but you get the idea.

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