I would like to give a huge endorsement to the coolest all around burning software I've yet come across: Nero. I just spent the last hour freeing up 10 gigs or so of hard drive space on Moya and it was all thanks to Nero. I had a couple of rather large divx movies (around 710-730Mb) and thanks to overburning I was able to squeeze all of them onto their own CDs. I still have a few that are in the 800Mb ballpark and I'm not sure if those can be overburned onto a normal 700Mb CD, but now that I have established that the new CD-R handles overburning nicely (despite the fact that Sony claims it doesn't) and it can in fact burn CDs at 32X without creating coasters, I see myself indulging in computer-based pyromania a lot more often. I think I'll go ahead and order some 90min or 99min CDs (800 and 850 Mbs respectively I think) and see how well those work for storing the really huge movies I have.
It's funny, but this little bit of good luck in the geek department made me very happy right now. Not a total Pollyanna "everything is fine with the world" more of an "Ok, I haven't lost my touch" sort of thing. I also got the 3rd and 4th IDE interfaces working and with them I also got Moya's DVD working... now I just need to learn how to rip stuff off of DVDs and encode it to divx streams (so that a near DVD-quality full-length movie will take up 700Mb or so)... It had been a while since I was totally happy with my main computer but this current incarnation of Moya leaves nearly nothing to be desired. The only thing I want to add to it now (with the obvious exception of more RAM and h/d space which you can never have enough of ;) is the 2 remaining USB ports that the motherboard can support. That's it. In every other respect, Moya is completely set and working perfectly right now. She could still use a reinstall of Win98 and a Linux upgrade, but that's not urgent. Suddenly things seem to be working fine (let's see how long this lasts.
I know, this is a totally geeky post, but damn it feels good to be a geek tonight :).
All right, I'm going to stop now before I start waxing poetic about how much fun it is going through the stuff on my hard drive or telling "back in the day" stories about my first ever 2x CD-R (which I got all of 4 or 5 years ago) that made about as many coasters as actual CDs... hehehe :-p