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MakingBacon

"I use excel to put my list of DVDs in.

Should I be using something else? mysql?"

I always use notepad because I'm a l33t user and so hardcore!

Adrian 4 Silver badge

DVDs come in cases with writing on the side. Often, this makes a reference to the content. So merely by putting the DVDs next to another on a shelf, you get a self-maintaining list of them.

Horridbloke

No, Deluxe Paint.

Aitor 1 Silver badge

Libreoffice

I am a user of libreoffice, and was a user of openoffice. I am still a user of Microsoft Office.

The quality difference is huge, sadly.. and I DO contribute with money to libreoffice.

DropBear Silver badge

Only if you're the OCD type. Then you should use GCstar.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

I prefer Barrow & Fall. The colours are so unusual (plus it cost more so it must be better).

Adrian Jones

I drew an application in Microsoft Paint once...

GrumpenKraut Silver badge
Devil

The right answer is obviously LaTeX. Make sure to use absolute positions by using

\usepackage[absolute]{textpos}

so you have full control over the layout.

agurney

"DVDs come in cases with writing on the side. Often, this makes a reference to the content. So merely by putting the DVDs next to another on a shelf, you get a self-maintaining list of them."

I tried that, but reordering by title or artist or genre proved to be a bit too time consuming.

I now just use random access

m0rt Silver badge

Re: Libreoffice

"I am a user of libreoffice, and was a user of openoffice. I am still a user of Microsoft Office.

The quality difference is huge, sadly.. and I DO contribute with money to libreoffice."

Maybe. But if you ever have to deal with telephone numbers in a spreadsheet, you can be rest assured Excel will make your life a living hell...

GlenP

Not DVDs

In my case it's my book list.

Yes, I could probably develop something but a multi-sheet workbook in Excel with one sheet per author or subject matter and varying data structures works for me. It's also easily portable as it sits in the cloud and can be opened on any device, typically the mobile when I'm browsing the second hand and charity bookshops.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

"So merely by putting the DVDs next to another on a shelf, you get a self-maintaining list of them."

I'm currently trying to organise my nearly 2,000 DVD's - so that similar ones are on the same shelf. Now - does "The Rocky Horror Show" go in fantasy, sci-fi, horror, or musicals?

Then again "Flash Gordon" is definitely for the children's section - but also could go in the sci-fi group. On the other hand "Flesh Gordon".....

I'll settle for an Excel-style spreadsheet with multiple category tags and an indicator to a physical shelf. With that I can put it on a tablet and check a DVD title in the charity shop - before mistakenly adding it to my collection for the second or more times.

Doctor Syntax Silver badge

"Deluxe Paint."

Doesn't it make a mess of the DVD?

Simon Harris Silver badge

I use the shelf DVD management system too...

however there's an ever increasing local cache pile next to the DVD player.

elhvb

notepad, feh. VI FTW

MakingBacon

"No, Deluxe Paint."

Damn you and your uber l33t tools!

Stevie Silver badge

Re: Living hell

Only if you don't know how spreadsheets actually work, and know the difference between what's stored and what's displayed.

Living hell. For god's sake get a grip old boy, there are Americans watching.

Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge
m0rt Silver badge

Re: Living hell

"Only if you don't know how spreadsheets actually work, and know the difference between what's stored and what's displayed.

Living hell. For god's sake get a grip old boy, there are Americans watching."

Yes. You would think it was that simple, wouldn't you? And indeed, assuming that I must be ignorant of how spreadsheets work because something this simple MUST be down to user error. Obviously Excel users area a class above LibreOffice users because LO never caused a fuss with my ignorance.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

I drew an application in Microsoft Paint once...

Ahh, the Chuck Norris School of Programming.

You WILL work....

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

2,000 DVD's without any compression (assuming DVD=4.7GB) = 9400GB max

Buy a 10TB NAS storage unit, rip the DVDs to it, the file the DVDs in the loft.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

2000?

I used to have the same problem, but with only 400 disks or so.

My solution was to create a database in the cloud with full info, and queryable by title, multiple categories, actors, etc.

Then, you remove all the DVD case inserts, and put in plain white ones with the disk # on the spine.

JLV Silver badge
Trollface

Hottie - Ooooh, James, sweetie, wonderful evening. Put on some Barry White and join me in the jacuzzi with a glass of that fine champagne.

James - Hang on, I need to start up my Excel spreadsheet.

...

GrumpenKraut Silver badge

> Emacs?

M-x dvd-collection-org-mode

I wouldn't be surprised if that actually exists.

Voyna i Mor Silver badge

Re: Libreoffice

"Maybe. But if you ever have to deal with telephone numbers in a spreadsheet, you can be rest assured Excel will make your life a living hell..."

Also, try dealing with a list of Mac addresses that someone set up in Excel.

fandom Silver badge

"Buy a 10TB NAS storage unit, rip the DVDs to it, the file the DVDs in the loft."

Why bother? It's not like he will have the time to watch them.

VanguardG

Collectorz.com. If the newer product is like the one I had a few years ago and neglected to copy over to my new machine before erasing the drives...it does a lot of the work for you. Key in the title, it goes to the Internet (if you let it, of course) and retrieves the cast and crew data, runtime, release year, and in many case, images of the front and back of the DVD case. Serious collectors (in the old version) could use a scanner to read the barcodes directly, so you didn't have to type in each title. If you have 2000 plus, that could get tedious.

Stevie Silver badge

Re: Living hell 4 m0rt

Don't use MS office products unless forced to, only OpenOffice on the Stevielaptop, but that bit of political autocorrection notwithstanding, if you can't make phone numbers appear as phone numbers in any spreadsheet program with consumate ease you should just give it up.

Seriously.

Get a grip.

Mark 85 Silver badge
Devil

Take a few days and using C++ and/or any other language of choice and write a special database. Extra points for some assembly language tossed into the mix. You're here at El Reg so it shouldn't be hard.

Oh.. and store it in the cloud so the CIA can give you a restore if your hard drive crashes.

Frumious Bandersnatch Silver badge

"use a scanner to read the barcodes directly"

Or just use cddb. It does require scanning the CD's table of contents (number and length of tracks) so it needs mounting each disk (slower than a barcode read), but I suppose you're going to be ripping them anyway at some point.

Down not across

"Deluxe Paint."

Doesn't it make a mess of the DVD?

Nah. He said Deluxe, not Dulux.

PNGuinn Silver badge
Joke

l33t user

Hardcore?

REAL l33t users use EMACS.

PNGuinn Silver badge
Coat

No, Deluxe Paint.

No, Dulux paint.

FIFU

Thanks, it's the one with the sugar soap and white spirit in the pockets.

John 110

Notepad++ surely?

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Solmyr ibn Wali Barad

Re: l33t user

Under DOS the l33t way was

copy con: c:\config.sys

No typos, please!

m0rt Silver badge

Re: Living hell 4 m0rt

This upsets people I see.

I suggest you never go into testing as 'works on my machine' is a banned term around here.

As is sending a spreadsheet, correctly formatted, from Open/Libre office to a client, who then opens it in excel and complains the hell about the way they can't use the numbers. This is after copying and pasting the numbers to compound the issue.

But hey. I should get a grip because, well you know, Excel is just a simple spreadsheet program, right?

Kiwi Silver badge
Pirate

I tried that, but reordering by title or artist or genre proved to be a bit too time consuming.

WHAT? You mean you didn't buy a new copy every time you changed your mind? Don't you know that's illegal and that funds terrorists!!!!111!11!1!!111!!!111!!! and is the ultimate in piracy? Do you know that artists are missing out on whole dollars and will only be able to buy two Maserati's for each of their five mansions because you ripped them off?

For shame. I hope the RIAA sues you for at least 100 gazillion dollars for your illegal piracy!!!!!

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Esme

@AC - Rocky Horror - musical - no debate (Tip - just because someone is, or claims to be, an alien in a tale does not automatically make it SF. Indeed, most stuff that Hollywood, TV and the theatre call SF is actually either Space Opera or pure Fantasy). Flash Gordon - Space Opera - also no debate, whether you're talking about tehoriginals I recall from childhood at the cinema, the film with Brian Blessed as a winged man, or the TV series with the irritating wee robot for comic relief, and also fantasy in teh case of the former two.

What? No, I don't need a glass of water, thank you, the shuddering will stop in a few minutes, it's just my OCD over genre categorisations giving me the twitches.. :-}

Esme

Re: l33t user

pbltpblt - real hardcore users do EVERYTHING from the command line.

I use application programs, however... :-}

BongoJoe Silver badge

I read that as Dulux Paint.

BongoJoe Silver badge

Re: Libreoffice

Bookmakers' fractional odds cause me no end of merry grief.

Roopee

Re "I suppose you're going to be ripping them anyway at some point"

With 2000 DVDs, why would you suppose that? Commercial DVDs average about 6GB each and would take a long time to rip to a streamable format, and it's not as if DVD players are in any danger of becoming obsolete.

Incidentally I can recommend DVD Profiler instead of Excel, it's cross-platform, networkable, cloudable, reads the barcodes and has a large following. It even has a lending library system built-in so you don't forget who you've lent what to. The Windows version has at least one glaring bug, but nothing new there!

Queasy Rider

not like he will have the time to watch them.

Had a thousand dvd collection backed up on the largest hard drives I could buy at the time. Breathed a sigh of relief when hurricanes cost me the originals. Was not quite so pleased when the backups died without warning, but then realized that I never watched the backups so I ceased the practice of backing up (dvd's, not everything) saving me plenty of money not buying any more Seagates.

VanguardG

The writer-standard is, if you can tell your story by taking known technology and extrapolating it to a reasonable degree, you're writing Science Fiction. If you are inventing new ways around the known laws of physics, its fantasy. There is, really, very little real science fiction...and much of what is out there is just an Earth tale being told with the characters on some other non-Earth planet, maybe with weapons using magnetic fields to accelerate projectiles instead of a chemical explosion, and advanced forms of body armor. But...essentially stuff we humans could pick up and understand without any problem should one suddenly appear in the garden.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Ah yes indeed.

I work with "VIPs" in gubment circles and let me assure you that they are never, ever, ever at fault no matter what stupidity they commit. Regardless of whether its user error or lack of technical awareness (as they never, ever, ever see the need to engage with training), it's always the IT that is faulty, even when they are found trying to use a mouse upside down...

"You should have better designed mice! These are clearly not fit for purpose! Why is IT so crap?!"

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: Ah yes indeed.

VIPs in gubment circles often treat IT supporrt as if they are waiters and waittresses. I think they should tip them for on-service with a smile.

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Re: Ah yes indeed.

"VIPs in gubment circles often treat IT supporrt as if they are waiters and waittresses. I think they should tip them for on-service with a smile."

You mean they're permitted to view classified documents whilst illuminating them with their phone cameras?

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: Ah yes indeed.

"You should have better designed mice! These are clearly not fit for purpose! Why is IT so crap?!"

Sadly I once worked for a company where I had overall responsibility for an enterprise software product. A client installation was to be carried out at a rather pleasant exotic location so the CEO decided that he would do the install "to impress the client". Unfortunately his knowledge of the product was about as good as that of, I imagine, most CEOs. He had also not troubled to understand a few things about localisation.

The result was that after several days he came back and ranted at me that the product was "not fit for purpose," and proceeded to undermine me. So I did the only thing possible, which was to become a contractor, wait until there was an all hands to the pump crisis coinciding with the end of a contract period, and not renew my contract. It took a year, but revenge is a dish best served cold.

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