My small addition at this point is that I'm not sure
why there are two 'for/next' loops in there that seem to do the exact same thing; that may be a bug. I haven't worked with VBScript in a long time,
and I don't have a Windows machine to test it on right now, so I can't tell for sure. Maybe it opens and then closes the tray...
Save as Whatever.vbs (Whatever can literally be whatever you like), and change the file type to 'All files' when saving. Double click the file
to run it, or for a bunch of fun, add it to the StartUp folder to have
it automatically run at each startup.
It'll wait ten minutes, then open all CD/DVD trays every two minutes after, endlessly. ;) May be a real good way to have a colleague lose
their mind for your amusement.
Heh, that would be a fun prank to play. It seems optical drives are disappearing, though. Many companies seem to issue laptops to their employees, and where I work, they aren't including optical drives with the employees' laptops anymore. Even if they did, laptop optical drives typically can't close automatically.
Heh, that would be a fun prank to play. It seems optical drives are
disappearing, though. Many companies seem to issue laptops to their
So true! Apple hit the nail on the head with this one -- disc drives are going the way of the dodo bird. I admit this one fooled me. I thought we'd see discs last far longer than they will.
Despite the trend, I still think optical disc is a good medium for movies and even music to an extent. Optical discs (especially blu-ray) can
provide better quality than online straming can, they're more reliable than online streaming (which sometimes pauses due to bandwith issues or can cut out altogether if your internet connection drops), and optical disc formats often also allow for extra content such as director commentaries, behind-the-scenes documentaries, etc., which I think can be interesting. Online streaming most often only offers the movie, with no extras.
So I tend to disagree with Apple on the decision to remove optical drives from their computers when they did. Apple seems to make decisions like too far ahead of the curve - I think the decision to remove optical drives should have been done when optical discs are truly obsolete, and I don't think they are yet - at least for movies. Sometimes I find it convenient
to watch a movie on my PC since I already use my PC quite a bit.
Movies & music have been sold in online download form, but I think one problem with that is that there are several different formats they're being sold in; also, some might have copy-protection and some might not. Some might require a specific media player (i.e., iTunes) and some might be in a more standard format that can be opened in any player. I suppose if movies started to be sold on USB flash drives in a standard format, that might
help the move away from optical discs.
movies and even music to an extent. Optical discs (especially
blu-ray) can provide better quality than online straming can, they're
more reliable than online streaming (which sometimes pauses due to
bandwith issues or can cut out altogether if your internet connection
drops), and optical disc formats often also allow for extra content
such as director commentaries, behind-the-scenes documentaries, etc.,
which I think can be interesting. Online streaming most often only
offers the movie, with no extras.
I completely agree here. NetFlix, even with it's new SuperHD (not much content on that yet that I can tell, and their client apps don't usually indicate that you are seeing SuperHD so it's hard to tell beyond measuring the quality by your eyes), is not as good as Blu-Ray. I use NetFlix and YouTube nearly every day on my living room and bedroom Xbox Ones (best NetFlix implementation I've used over the years has been on Xbox 360 and Xbox One), and I've come to peace with the fact that it's not always the best quality. It's only $7.99/mo after all.
But Blu-Ray for movies is fantastic, for all the reasons you stated. More content, higher quality, etc. I tend to only buy Blu-Ray for classics that I'd watch over and over (generally I can't watch most movies more than once, but I'll watch something like Ben Hur, Sound of Music, 2001: A Space Oddyssey, The Shining, etc over and over).
So I tend to disagree with Apple on the decision to remove optical
drives from their computers when they did. Apple seems to make
decisions like that too far ahead of the curve - I think the decision to
Though what's funny about that is so many people say that Apple is too slow to make decisions, as they come in and "copy" other manufacturers. Like the current criticism by Android users is that Apple Pay is just copying what Android has had for years with their NFC solution.
Apple still sells external disc drives, so they're not totally out of the game yet. But Steve Jobs did make a fervant announcement that Apple was done with discs and he saw a future that was discless. But he certainly supported removable memory media (flash drives).
I have two MacBook Pros. My older one I ripped out the disc drive and put an SSD drive in as my primary, and moving my original HD to the bay where the disc drive was. I put the disc drive into an external enclosure and then plugged it into USB when I wanted to use a disc. My newer rMBP doesn't even have a disc drive of course (instead offering SD memory slot).
What's interesting is that I never use that disc drive. Once in a while I think about burning some backups to disc, but then I never do it since external HDs are so cheap now. I saw a deal the other day for 5TB for $160. No way you'll get that on disc.
Movies & music have been sold in online download form, but I think one
problem with that is that there are several different formats they're
being sold in; also, some might have copy-protection and some might
not. Some might require a specific media player (i.e., iTunes) and
Once you've bought into one ecosystem, it's really difficult to switch since you've bought all this content. Digital media leads you down this road. Content on disc wouldn't.
In fact, the other problem with digital media is that you can't resell it later. You effectively don't outright own the content. You have some perpetual lease on it for the lifetime of your media provider account. You can't transfer the music or movies, you can't sell it, and only until recently you couldn't share it with your family.
That's an interesting idea -- to sell movies on USB drives. Then you'd have tangible physical ownership of it (so you could sell/transfer/etc it), but it would do away with the slow optical drives. Memory is so fast now!
One thing I'm happy about -- I don't have spindles of discs lying around everywhere now :)
I briefly subscribed to NetFlix for a few months last year with the intent of using NetFlix as an alternative to renting hard-copy movies from RedBox. However, I found out that NetFlix doesn't get movies at the same time as movies are released on DVD/Blu-Ray; NetFlix also didn't have much other content that I was interested in watching - at least, not enough to get me to continue subscribing on a monthly basis.
I ended up subscribing for Amazon Prime though. Amazon Prime has had a few TV shows on it that I've watched, as well as an occasional movie. One nice thing about Amazon Prime is that it also includes free 2-day shipping on many items from Amazon. I tend to shop at Amazon every now and then, so
for me, I think Amazon Prime is more worth it than NetFlix.
I'm similar in that there are many movies I probably wouldn't watch more than once, but there are some movies I'd like to have in my collection so I can watch them again. Also, besides movies, I think concert videos are
good to collect on DVD/blu-ray, particularly since streaming media services don't seem to carry concerts. I have several concerts from various artists on Blu-Ray & DVD which I like to watch occasionally. There's also
Animusic, which produces computer-animated music videos, and they have a
few collections out on DVD/Blu-Ray which are fairly cool. So far they've released 2 DVD collections and one blu-ray with high-definition versions of their popular videos, and they're currently working on a 3rd collection (which has been delayed for over a year).
Yeah, I think both can be said about Apple. Sometimes I question their decisions all around. I also remember when Apple updated the notification system in iOS to be more like Android's, so that a system notification
would be less conspicuous so as not to interrupt what you're currently
doing - using a pull-down menu, I believe, rather than pop-up
At least Apple is still selling external optical drives. I suppose it
makes some sense - Apple recognized what people were doing with their computers and thought it would make sense to remove the built-in optical drive to make way for something else. However I'm not sure if Apple replaced the optical drive with something else in their systems, did they?
For laptops, I've seen some laptops from other manufacturers that have an option to install a 2nd hard drive in place of an optical drive (and I've even seen laptops that have 2 hard drives in addition to an optical drive - something I don't think Apple has ever offered).
I recently bought a new laptop and did something similar - The manufacturer (Lenovo) had an option to include a 2nd hard drive in place of an optical drive, and considering my usage, I opted to get the 2nd hard drive instead of the optical drive. I did buy an external USB blu-ray drive though, just in case I'd want to access an optical disc with the laptop.
That's true. I've slowly been moving toward using external hard drives and USB flash media for backups. Somehow I still feel like an optical disc might be more reliable in the long run though.. I backed up my original
BBS to a CD-R disc in 2000 and was able to read it just fine 7 years later. I'm not sure if an external hard drive would last that long - I've seen external hard drives start to fail (making clicking noises and being inaccessible) after just a couple years. Maybe an external solid-state drive would be more reliable.
For those reasons, I still like to buy music on CD - Then I can rip it to whatever format I want. Also, I like having the original CD audio, which
is not in a compressed format. Many times, music that is sold as an online download is in MP3 format, which is lossy, and I don't want to have my
music only in a lossy format. I have ripped all of my music CDs to FLAC (lossless) and MP3 format, and I do the same to new music CDs I buy. Then, when I want to listen to it, I have the files right there, and if I ever lose the files somehow, I still have the CDs.
:) If movies ever do get sold on USB flash drives, I suppose we'd have those lying around. Either that or external hard drives to deal with as we back up our media. :)
That's exactly right. The first call will open it, the second closes it again.
Too bad nobody in our office has used a CD/DVD in years, so with our last round of upgrades we didn't bother buying drives, otherwise I would have tri this tomorrow morning :)
Heh, that would be a fun prank to play. It seems optical drives are disappearing, though. Many companies seem to issue laptops to their employe and where I work, they aren't including optical drives with the employees' laptops anymore. Even if they did, laptop optical drives typically can't cl automatically.
In an office with a bunch of desktop PCs with optical drives though, that co be fun.