a log time ago i needed an external drive to read and write cds and dvds. it seemed exotic and fancy then.
and then i had those drives IN all my machines, but of course my new desktop machine does not have one.
and i thought: no problem! i have an old cd.dvd drive that's working just fine!! but no. of course it has to be cabled with firewire, which has been deprecated. seriously. it has two firewire jacks and RCA plugs. THAT'S how old it is.
anyway, i had to by a new drive, which it turns out you can do now for under $25. and it's uh, smaller.