Ichabods7 wrote:Our lectures are podcast, therefore we save them as mp4 files. I didn't want to have to go into details, but you can imagine with over 675 hours of lecture on video, plus 2500 powerpoint slides every 4 weeks, on top of some 10 E-textbooks (check out Robbins Pathology, its a good read) hard drive space has become limited. It's not as simple as store it on an external and wipe the documents. Step 1 boards require 2 years of backstudying to prepare for it and mobility is a must (I can't be wiring up to my portable external to check on year 1 notes all the time). I have to choose whether to have some data on the go, or have all the data and have to dangle a portable external HD from it daily. I'm semi hosed.
Get a PSP, Ipod or better media player of choice, and load your MP4's onto that. Since most of those players will play MP4s (and are getting into the hundreds of gigs anyway). That way you can always carry it around in your pocket and watch what you need. Year one is on the MPlayer, year Two is on the tablet. ect. That way it acts as a second hard drive, but you can watch the files right off of it.
Just an idea, though certainly not a perfect one... I def. recognize it's flaws.
Edit: A second Idea, you and your buddies convert the MP4s to .fla's. upload them to youtube (or vimeo, metacafe, ect.), and can all access them anytime, anywhere with a internet connection. (similar to the webhost idea above, but free and easy, and highly share-able.)