Archive for May, 2007

QIP – popular Windows-only multi-IM client

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Ran across this one in
a mention on Slashdot
today.
Qip
is a freeware, Windows-only multi-IM client, like
Trillian
and
Pidgin-formerly-Gaim.

Alas, it is not open source like Pidgin is, so I don’t see a point unless it’s a lot more featureful or something.

Media Costs

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Just touching base with how much various blank media cost, in $/GB.
This is from a April 26, 2007 flyer from
Canada Computers.

Media Cost in $$/GB
GB cost $$/GB count
CD-R 0.7 $23.51 $0.69 50
DVD±R 4.4 $14.70 $0.07 50
DVD+R DL 8 $6.90 $0.43 2
DVD-R DL 8 $16.65 $0.69 3
HD DVD-R 15 $13.00 $0.87 1
BD-R 25 $14.50 $0.58 1

Harald contributed the prices below

Hard Drives (NCIX):
hard drive GB cost $$/GB
80 $66.98 $0.84
160 $79.44 $0.50
250 $100.93 $0.40
320 $109.25 $0.34
400 $165.21 $0.41
500 $183.12 $0.37
750 $381.43 $0.51

Harald says:The sweet spot seems to be 320Gb, and I notice
that all of the higher density medias are more expensive…

However, Iain pointed out that there are cheaper hard drives
online, so I skagged* the prices below from
Canada
Computers

today (Mon May 7 2007) and sorted them in order of drive capacity.

* is too a word

manufacturer GB cost $$/GB
Western Digital 36 ** $133.00 $3.69
Western Digital 74 ** $180.00 $2.43
Hitachi 80 $54.00 $0.68
Seagate 80 $53.00 $0.66
Western Digital 80 $51.00 $0.64
Western Digital 150 ** $270.00 $1.80
Hitachi 160 $69.00 $0.43
Seagate 160 $66.00 $0.41
Western Digital 160 $66.00 $0.41
Hitachi 250 $88.00 $0.35
Seagate 250 $85.00 $0.34
Western Digital 250 $78.00 $0.31
Hitachi 320 $110.00 $0.34
Seagate 320 $98.00 $0.31
Western Digital 320 $102.00 $0.32
Western Digital 400 $138.00 $0.35
Western Digital 400 $146.00 $0.37
Hitachi 500 $186.00 $0.37
Maxtor 500 $140.00 $0.28
Seagate 500 $162.00 $0.32
Western Digital 500 $143.00 $0.29
Western Digital 500 $200.00 $0.40
Seagate 750 $306.00 $0.41


** – obviously, some of these higher-priced models have other features like speed.

But wait, I hear you say, what about Flash drives?

brand GB cost $$/GB read (MB/s) write (MB/s)
Kingston 0.5 $10 $20.00
Kingston 0.5 $11 $22.00
Kingston 0.5 $14 $28.90
Kingston 1 $14 $14.00
Kingston 1 $17 $17.00
Kingston 1 $18 $18.00
Corsair 1 $20 $20.00 19 13
Kingston 1 $21 $21.00
Kingston 1 $21 $21.00
OCZ 1 $23 $23.00
Transcend 1 $25 $25.00
Kingston 1 $28 $28.00
Kingston 2 $24 $12.00
Kingston 2 $26 $13.13
OCZ 2 $27 $13.50
Transcend 2 $29 $14.50
Corsair 2 $30 $15.00 19 13
Kingston 2 $33 $16.50
Kingston 2 $34 $17.00
OCZ 2 $35 $17.50 25 17
Transcend 2 $37 $18.50
Transcend 2 $37 $18.50
Corsair 2 $38 $19.00 34 28
Kingston 2 $59 $29.50
Kingston 4 $49 $12.25
Corsair 4 $50 $12.50 19 13
Transcend 4 $54 $13.50
OCZ 4 $58 $14.50 25 17
Transcend 4 $59 $14.75
Corsair 4 $60 $15.00 34 28
Transcend 4 $65 $16.25
Corsair 4 $70 $17.50 19 13
OCZ 8 $95 $11.88
OCZ 8 $104 $13.00
Transcend 8 $110 $13.75
Corsair 8 $111 $13.88 31 12
Corsair 8 $120 $15.00 34 28
Transcend 8 $125 $15.63
Corsair 8 $148 $18.50 34 28
Corsair 16 $175 $10.94 22 5.5

So we see costs per gig of 7¢ for DVD’s, 28¢ for hard drives, and a whopping $11 for flash drives!