[NTLK] Finite number of Flash RAM write cycles

Michael 'Mickey' Sattler mickey at sattlers.org
Tue Apr 12 13:23:21 EDT 2011

On Apr 12, 2011, at 03:22 , Aaron Brigati wrote:

> Not that it can't happen, but it's not likely.

It's comforting, but it's completely wrong. Of all the old-world flash ram cards I've used, from the first digital cameras to all my Newtons (from the OMP to the five 2100s), I've had 30% or so of the cards go bad over the 10-ish years I used them. At least two in out-of-the-way places that required some travel to find any source of digital foo in far-off lands.

While -- on paper -- the risk seems small, my real-world experiences leads me to expect that any particular card may go bad at the worst possible moment, and that having at least one spare card of the same flavor on hand is prudent. YMMV.


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