Chapter 18

Nonlinear

The Digital Workstation

I slip into my ergonomic workstation seat with self-adjusting hydro lifts to support my back and correct my posture. I flip on the system. My liquid helium hard drive cylinders glow to life. My system is not considered to be bulked up with memory, but I do like to have 30.5 terabytes of instant access, especially on the larger feature films. At times I can remember when we still struggled with 24-byte 96-kHz sampling rate sound files. Drive management was so much more difficult then—only a couple of terabyte drives at our disposal. That was when data was stuck on rigid surfaces that spun at high rates of speed. Now with liquid helium, fragmentation doesn't exist anymore because nothing moves, in the ...

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