Very new to this, so looking for basic advice please.
I'd like to consolidate my various media for easy backup as well as access from my home networked PCs, TV, iPod/iPad, etc. Currently, it is spread over the following:
~about 50 GB of photos and videos (.jpg, .avi, etc.)
~about 400 audio CDs that still need to be ripped
~about 100 movie DVDs
~30 8mm home movie cassettes
I'm looking for the right hardware to handle this, as well as the best software to manage it all (including the ripping). Other than that, I don't know what questions I should even be asking since I'm so new to this. All I know is that I have hundreds of GB of media that are not properly organized or backed-up and a wife ready to throw away the CDs.