I first mentioned making a CD shelf three years ago this month. So it's about time I actually got around to building the damn thing.
Long experience has taught me that the success of any engineering project hinges on accurate and detailed technical drawings:
It is inevitable that a first-generation technology product should contain a few design flaws:
I thought I'd made the shelf big enough to take all my CDs, but it's pretty much filled up with just the jazz. I'll probably end up building a similar shelf in a few months (or years...). At least now I can survey my CDs and perhaps participate in group activities such as '70s, '90s and year-best lists.
In closing, the moment you've all been waiting for:
iPod (80 Gb) vs. diyPod
- cost: 369€ vs. 53.92€ (+ two half-days' labour, and not counting tools)
- capacity: roughly 150 uncompressed CDs vs. over 1,200 uncompressed CDs in jewel cases
- time to fill: ripping included? vs. a half-day
- portability: as far as you can get in 20 hours vs. centimetres, with great difficulty
- metadata management: who has the time to input the bpm of every song? vs. exactly what I need
- probability of theft or loss: fairly high vs. fairly minimal
- coolness: high, but in a sterile way vs. high and totally authentic