Two days after the iPod Nano was released I noticed an article that reported the results of a comprehensive 'stress test' on one. They drove over it, threw it from a car moving at 50 MPH, all with no damage to the mechanism - indeed the music played throughout all this. This reminded me of a test I came across some time ago in which Compact Flash cards were subjected to various tortures - such as putting them through a wash cycle - to determine the durability limits. They finally got one to fail by nailing it to a tree. Even then, only the sectors of the card that were physically pierced by the nail were affected. Or maybe you noticed the stories of cameras recovered after the tsunami that, despite having been completely destroyed, contained flash cards that were entirely intact and contained all the photos. Obviously, a hard drive would never stand up to any of this. Although I've not yet had a problem with my current recording medium - disc mirrored 7200 RPM Firewire800 drives from a Powerbook - I admit to always feeling a bit uneasy about relying on these exquisitely calibrated little machines for recording. In contrast, flash memory - a medium with no moving parts, that is relatively impervious to shock, temperature extremes, and so forth - seems intuitively very appealing. I'm not interested in the stand alone CF-based units like the Nagra or Marantz but rather in the simple storage potential of flash memory as opposed to HDs. Several companies now make Compact Flash cards with sustained read/write speeds of around 20MB/second and 32 bit cardbus adapters provide bandwidth well in excess of that. Although this is still well below that of even moderately fast FW drives - not to mention SCSI - for location work requiring, say, up to 16 tracks, that is twice the required bandwidth, even at 24/96. At the same time, prices have declined dramatically just as maximum capacity has increased. Lacie just released their 8GB USP2 'Carte Orange' priced at $149 that claims sustained transfer rates of around 9MB/sec. 8GB 133X CF cards can currently be had for around $500 - a hugely inferior capacity/price ratio to hard drives but what price reliability? Anyone have thoughts or experience with this?