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    Default Apple Killed the CD+R

    Apple killed the CD+R and the DVD.  No, really... they did.





    I'm sure it was maybe one of the last things that Steve Jobs did before he kicked the bucket.  In some dark conference room in Cupertino CA at Apple HQ, someone wrote out one a dry erase board "We must kill off the CD+r and the DVD"  And so it came to pass.  





    If you've bought a new computer or laptop in the last two years, you might have noticed something.  They don't even HAVE a CD or DVD drive.  The new Macbooks don't have a drive at all.  Just the little USB ports.  Apple killed the CD drive.





    The reason I bring this up, is because of my photography business www.rspearsphotography.com  When I would shoot a wedding, or a Quinceanera, or family portraits, I would give the client a CD or DVD of the images.  This has always had some problems.  I'd eventually get the phone call or the email "That disc you sent me... it won't read anymore... it just shows an error"





    I'm happy to announce a new era at R Spears Photography!  Ta-Da!  The cool looking USB flash drive with my handy dandy new logo on it.




    It's going to be delivered to clients in an equally cool looking metal case (also with the spiffy new logo)





    I've been working on the logo for some time.  I have a few talents, but graphic design is NOT one of them.  I'm also a little cheap.  I found a designer who would do a logo for me for $400-$500.  Not bad in today's market, but I'd rather spend that money on a new lens.





    So I convinced myself that I could design it myself.  I started out with my name.  Spears.  I thought... "Hmm... Spear... like one of those long pointy things you throw..."  and I started designing a logo.





    It wasn't pretty.  I thought it was kind of cool looking... but a spear just isn't something that translates well as a logo.  




    I needed something simple... that would reduce down small, and still be recognizable.  Think of the Nike swoosh, or the red and white Coca Cola logo.  These are simple designs.  I liked the "idea" of the spear, and played around with just a arrow point.  





    After playing around a little more with the arrow, I had something that looked a lot like the Star Fleet insignia that Capt. Kirk had on his uniform.  I thought people would think I was a little TOO geeky if I had a star trek emblem for a logo.  





    Finally, I put the arrow through the script lettering, and it looked like a commercial logo.  Not everyone who has looked at it has liked it.  One person said they thought it looked like an oilfield company logo.  Okay.  Someone else looked at it, and said... "I don't get it... it doesn't say 'photography' "  I tried drawing a camera, but that didn't work either.





    So, I needed to order some marketing material for the coming bridal season, and decided I'd go with the blue arrow oilfield thingy.  Like it or not, there's the logo.  My brand.  More to come.  Unless Apple decides to come after me too.



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    I still give my clients CD's of images - you can't custom print on USB sticks :P At some point I'll move over, but at the moment, I find they aren't cost effective and I feel they lack substance :P .... for now.
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    To me, thumb drives are just too small. I misplace them all of the time....There's an "important one" I haven't been able to find for several months now.

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    I bought a new computer just last week with a CD/DVD/RW drive.
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    Even through the new Apple MacPro laptops don't have an internal DVD/CD burner. You can always purchase one of their external burners.
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    did we ever think the vinyl record would go away? ...or the tape?...or the VCR? Eventually, and it's probably just a matter of time when CD/DVD and flash technology will be a thing of the past
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    I guess that is just one more reason not to buy Apple products. I build my own computers and have no problem getting internal DVD burners for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kirbinster View Post
    I guess that is just one more reason not to buy Apple products. I build my own computers and have no problem getting internal DVD burners for them.
    I don't image you can save any money by doing that when you consider what the cost of the separate components are that has to go into the build of a PC, as in:
    a chassis/enclosure, a mother board with processor(s) fans, I/O boards, graphics board, drives and drive controller board, memory, operating system, power supply, keyboard, etc. Is this more of a hobby for you, or do you really want a custom system that might be hard to duplicate from an off the shelf supplier?
    And I know that you get a highly integrated mother board that has much of those control functions bundled in, but if any of those functions fail you're most probably faced with chucking the mother board for a replacement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by autofocus View Post
    I don't image you can save any money by doing that when you consider what the cost of the separate components are that has to go into the build of a PC, as in:
    a chassis/enclosure, a mother board with processor(s) fans, I/O boards, graphics board, drives and drive controller board, memory, operating system, power supply, keyboard, etc. Is this more of a hobby for you, or do you really want a custom system that might be hard to duplicate from an off the shelf supplier?
    And I know that you get a highly integrated mother board that has much of those control functions bundled in, but if any of those functions fail you're most probably faced with chucking the mother board for a replacement.
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    Love the logo and it's simplistic, yet stylish look. I dig how the"S" wraps around the arrow point. I like the idea of the thumb drives too. A client may or may not have a cd/dvd drive but they will all have a usb port. Nice work on all fronts.
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