In other news, our group now has a terabyte of extra storage space, in the form of two 500GB external hard drives. The intention is that one is to remain in our office as a backup drive, and the other is to be taken along on oberving runs. At roughly the size of a good book (like James Gleick’s Chaos), they’re suitably portable, and much more convenient than burning dozens of DVDs — a 5 night observing run, generating 10 gigs of data per night makes DVDs… unwieldy.

They’re named Eagle and Eskimo — after nebulae. Here’s hoping that offloading some of the archived (read: fairly useless to everyone who’s currently working here) data from the hard drive of this computer might help improve it’s performance somewhat!

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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