Per TB, the options are (from cheapest to most expensive):
Tape media (LTO-8) at $4.52/TB, but I recommend against it. A tape drive is about $1,600 (twice that new). That’s a breakeven at 150-300TB. Also, the world is down to one tape drive manufacturer, so you may end up screwed in the future.
3.5″ internal spinning hard drives, at $15.00/TB. Currently the best option is 8TB drives.
Optical media, at $16.71/TB. 25GB blu-ray disks are cheapest.
3.5″ external hard drives, at $17.75/TB. Currently the best option is 18TB drives.
2.5″ portable spinning hard drives, at $22.00/TB. Currently the best option is 5TB drives.
SSD drives, at $42-$46/TB. Best option is 1TB.
USB sticks, at $59/TB. Best option is 128GB sticks.
MicroSD cards, at $62/TB. Best option is 512GB cards.
Changes since the last survey (4 months ago):
Amazon’s search improved. Less refurbished drives and sponsored listings.
Spinning drives: 22TB 3.5″ drives became available
Spinning drives: Prices for the previous cheapest option (4TB) rose, making 8TB the new cheap option.
SSDs: Prices dropped by about 30%.
MicroSD/SD: Prices dropped slightly.
Optical: The cheapest option (25GB blu-ray) dropped 30%.
Optical: I stopped gathering data on the cost of BR-RE
Tape: LTO-7 tape drives are now available used, halving the break-even point on tape.
Here’s a list of books I read in 2022. The ones in bold I recommend.
1632 by Eric Flint Alex Verus 1: Fated by Benedict Jacka Alex Verus 2: Cursed by Benedict Jacka Alex Verus 3: Taken by Benedict Jacka Alex Verus 4: Chosen by Benedict Jacka Alex Verus 5: Hidden by Benedict Jacka Alex Verus 6: Burned by Benedict Jacka Alex Verus 7: Bound by Benedict Jacka Alex Verus 8: Marked by Benedict Jacka Alex Verus 9: Fallen by Benedict Jacka Alex Verus 10: Forged by Benedict Jacka Alex Verus 11: Risen by Benedict Jacka Art of the Adept 2: Secrets and Spellcraft by Michael G Manning Art of the Adept 3: Scholar of Magic by Michael G Manning Aspects by John M Ford Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman Bastion (Immortal Great Souls 1) by Phil Tucker Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky Citadel: Training in Necessity by Unillustrated City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender Cradle 11: Dreadgod by Will Wight Crown of Vengeance by James Mallory and Mercedes Lackey Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky Gamechanger by L. X. Beckett Genius by Leopoldo Gout Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett Grand Game by Tom Elliot (LitRPG) Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Head-on by John Scalzi He Who Fights with Monsters 1 by Shirtaloon He Who Fights with Monsters 2 by Shirtaloon He Who Fights with Monsters 3 by Shirtaloon He Who Fights with Monsters 4 by Shirtaloon He Who Fights with Monsters 5 by Shirtaloon Highfire by Eoin Colfer Immortality Code by Douglas E Richards In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Insane City by Dave Barry Iron Prince by Bryce O’Conner and Luke Chmilenko Isolate (Grand Illusion 1) by L E Modesitt Jr The Kevin Jenkins Experience by Hambone Kusuriya no Hitorigoto / Alchemist’s Journal by Natsu Hyuuga et al The Left-handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix Lock In by John Scalzi Mage’s Blood by David Hair Mark of the Fool by J M Clarke Martian Abroad by Carrie Vaughn Master Li and Number Ten Ox 1: Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart Master Li and Number Ten Ox 2: Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart Master Li and Number Ten Ox 3: Eight Skilled Gentlemen by Barry Hughart Mazer in Prison by Orson Scot Card Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card Memory of Earth 2: Call of Earth by Orson Scott Card Millenial Mage by J L Mullins Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl Orc on the Wild Side by Tom Holt Pact by wildbow Penric’s Progress by Louis McMaster Bujold Penric’s Travels by Louis McMaster Bujold Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson Powder Mage 1 by Brian McClellan Primal Hunter by Zogarth Quantum Shadows by L E Modesitt (in the style of Gene Wolf) Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline Recluse 1: Magic of Recluse by L E Modesitt Jr Recluse 2: Towers of the Sunset by L E Modesitt Jr Recluse 3: Magic Engineer by L E Modesitt Jr Red Rising by Pierce Brown Red Rising 2: Golden Son by Pierce Brown Red Rising 3: Morning Star by Pierce Brown Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon RE: Trailer Trash by FortySixtyFour Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds Rook and Rose 1: Mask of Mirrors by M A Carrick Rook and Rose 2: The Liar’s Knot by M A Carrick Salvaged by Madeleine Roux Salvos by V A Lewis (LitRPG) Scardown by Elizabeth Bear Servant Mage by Kate Elliot Significant Digits by Alexander Deebus Sleep In a Sea of Stars by Chistopher Paolini Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh Soulmage by meowcats734 Starsight by Brandon Sanderson Story of My Life by Hellen Keller Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows A Succession of Bad Days by Graydon Saunders The Starless Sea by Eric Morgenstern Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi The Every by Dave Eggers The Last Emperox by John Scalzi The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau The Truth and Other Stories by Stanislaw Lem The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan Three Body Problem 2: Wallfacer: Dark Forest by Cixin Liu Throne of the Five Winds by S C Emmett Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng Venemous Lumpsucker by Ned Beauman Vigor Mortis by Natalie Maher Ward by Wildbow Weirkey 1: Soulhome by Sarah Lin Weirkey 2: Rainhorn by Sarah Lin Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
The Art of Computer Programming v1 by Donald Knuth The Art of Computer Programming v2 by Donald Knuth Attack and Defense by James Davies Burning Wheel (RPG) by Luke Crane The Economist (magazine) Home Improvement 1-2-3 Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores (1988) by Steve Ettlinger Inadequate Equilibria by Eliezer Yudkowsky The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli Programming Crystal by Ivo Balbaert Sigbovik 2021 Spymistress by William Stevenson What If? by Randall Munroe What If? 2 by Randall Munroe
It’s november, and I’ve decided this month that I’m going to do 30 projects in 30 days. It’s an all-month hack-a-thon!
Today’s project is Hack-A-Farm (demo, source). It’s a simple tile-based RPG. You can walk around as a chicken, admire your house, and plant and harvest two types of crops.
My main goal with this project was to work with spritesheets or animation before, which I had never done. Showing off the individual tiles is deliberate. Also, the game should respond well to smaller and larger screens, I hope.
I had a good time with this one, and I’m happy with how much I got done in a day. I originally planned to do more fluid walking (it was called Hack-A-Walk), but it was more fun to add crops instead.
I re-used some of the logic from Hack-A-Minigame and Hack-A-Snake. I’ve been finding d3 to be mildly useful, if a little annoying.