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#1 2015-01-16 01:43:23

exchimaera
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What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

Last month, I purchased a 50-pack of CD-Rs and a 10-pack of DVD-Rs. But it seems to me that that was my mistake; everyone's advocating the multiboot USB route (which and most of the Linux install images I find are either just above the CD-R maximum size or simply updated too frequently to strongly justify a CD burn. So far, I've burned Waldorf on a DVD and several miscellaneous/rescue (DBAN, Hiren's) distributions on about 5 or so CDs.

I'm curious: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs that aren't install images?


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#2 2015-01-16 02:01:46

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

Hmm... good question.  I have a few stacks myself.  I purchased a set of bluray disks and an external bluray drive about a year or so ago and plan to backup my ripped audio files (flac and mp3 format) to them.

With prices dropping on HDD and SSDs, as well as capacity increasing, CDs/DVDs/Blurays may become extinct in the future.  I hardly ever use a CD/DVD disk/drive anymore.  I do most of my storage on USB thumb drives and an external HDD.


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#3 2015-01-16 02:32:36

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

I still refer to them to install OS's other than my usual Slackware, Arch and Crunchbang, Which are on Flash Drives.

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#4 2015-01-16 03:28:37

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

For most distros, I prefer to use flash drives. However, I prefer to use DVDs for Slackware, Arch, and Crunchbang.

I also just used one for SUSE.

Active Killdisk is cool. I usually keep it around.


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#5 2015-01-16 04:01:31

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

jdonaghy wrote:

For most distros, I prefer to use flash drives. However, I prefer to use DVDs for Slackware, Arch, and Crunchbang.

I also just used one for SUSE.

Active Killdisk is cool. I usually keep it around.

Wow we're total opposites.

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#6 2015-01-19 18:58:57

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

I like to make CD's and DVD's of open source software for Windows, and give them to those that do not want to leave Windows.

I would suggest making a TTCS OSSWIN DVD which has about one hundred open source applications for Windows users.

List of software on the DVD

If we can not convert people to switch to Linux, at least show them an open source alternative to the proprietary software they are using.  If they do not want the DVD, just point them to SourceForge.net so they can acquire their own applications they might need.


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#7 2015-01-19 19:15:17

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

To burn i don't know.. But you can bind them together with a fish line and hang them outside in various places in the garden to keep the birds of your fruits and veggies big_smile

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#8 2015-01-19 19:27:27

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

You could microwave them. That's fun once or twice.

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#9 2015-01-19 20:40:45

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

π


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#10 2015-01-20 09:59:53

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

twoion wrote:

π

+1


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#11 2015-01-20 14:20:59

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

I don't know what's cool, but I'm with Cope57 in this: if you don't need the disks yourself, use them for FLOSS evangelizing.

olegabrielz wrote:

keep the birds of your fruits and veggies big_smile

That's what you do to piles of 10 year old CD's full of proprietary software. In the 2000's, when you bought a computer, you got at least 5 CD's with it: recovery, antivirus, mouse drivers , peculiar graphics program etc. I've got plastic bag full of CD's in my barn.

Copper0 wrote:

You could microwave them. That's fun once or twice.

Ventilating your kitchen after that is not fun.

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#12 2015-01-20 16:18:11

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

Not sure about 'burning' - but I like Cope57's idea ... or putting Linux versions on them to give away.

I have 4 of them glued to wood and I'm using them as coffee/glass coasters, still need to fold a paper towel under the cups if using 'cold' drinks though.


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#13 2015-01-20 20:08:38

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

a mix-CD with your favourite music and a selfmade cover are still a great present to a person you love. this will never go out of style.

for dvd's.. you can do the same with your favourite movies..

ofcourse, I assume that you are a FOSS afficionado, and that all the rare, great and weird music and movies you love is ofcourse underground, (cc) licensensed and hard to find, thus totally worth being legally given away on your spare cds/dvds.

http://creativecommons.org/music-communities

edit.. wohhoo.. this is my post #1000! --- time for champagne!  {)

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#14 2015-01-20 20:16:48

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

saneks wrote:

edit.. wohhoo.. this is my post #1000! --- time for champagne!  {)

Congrats - I'm right behind you  big_smile  big_smile


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#15 2015-01-20 20:22:53

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

I have supergrub.2 disk always handy in my desk drawer (saved me from having to boot into a live image and chrooting to fix messed up grub.cfgs a bunch of times before), but that`s about it. I still have a small blank cds stack in the same desk drawer for about 10 years... ( and that was old 10 years ago).

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#16 2015-01-21 01:17:48

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

How about something potentially useful in the realm of non-tech?

Is there some issue that you care about, and that you feel your government has not been giving proper attention? Find a video that explains the issue well, burn that to multiple DVDs and send it to various representatives in government. If even one of them gives the matter some attention then you did something useful.

Pro tip. In some countries, you do not have to pay postage to send mail to your govt reps.


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#17 2015-01-21 01:25:08

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

Ophcrack so you can rescue lost passwords on Windows machines for folks

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#18 2015-01-21 10:14:32

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

Cope57 wrote:

I like to make CD's and DVD's of open source software for Windows, and give them to those that do not want to leave Windows.

I would suggest making a TTCS OSSWIN DVD which has about one hundred open source applications for Windows users.

List of software on the DVD

If we can not convert people to switch to Linux, at least show them an open source alternative to the proprietary software they are using.  If they do not want the DVD, just point them to SourceForge.net so they can acquire their own applications they might need.

+1 Very good idea


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#19 2015-01-21 12:53:13

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

Sector11 wrote:

I have 4 of them glued to wood and I'm using them as coffee/glass coasters, still need to fold a paper towel under the cups if using 'cold' drinks though.

Literal coasters, huh? big_smile  Now if only there were some sort of absorbent material you could glue to the top side of the discs...something cork-like... wink

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#20 2015-01-21 13:22:16

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

I've seen CDs/DVDs used as a wind catcher for wind chimes. I also know a sea kayaker who carries one in her PFD as an emergency signal mirror in case the flares and electronic devices fail.  yikes


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#21 2015-01-22 01:06:33

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

Do you have like an archive of pictures, graphics and other content saved from years of internet trawling? Archives of WhatsApp chats w/ media? If you haven't looked at them in a while try doing a 'blind burn'.

Chuck 'em on there without looking, put them in your DVD player and take a trip down memory lane...

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#22 2015-01-22 21:23:03

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

Clonezilla
Parted Magic
Ophcrack
DBan (you said already)
Slitaz (for a quick and easy live cd)
Plop (for those old PCs)
Rescuetex or System Rescue
Redo
XMBCbuntu
Waldorf
Ubuntu
Xubuntu

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#23 2015-01-25 00:43:00

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Re: What are some cool things I can burn onto spare CDs and DVDs?

I'd have to go  with:

Heren's Boot CD;
SystemRescueCD;
Knoppix;
Puppy linux (or any of its Pups);
Tails (shhh... I wasn't here).


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