i've got a number of animations and working files in folders. they vary in size from a few hundred mb to over a gb. to back them up i usually wait until i have enough to fit on a dvd. occasionally though i get slack and end up with 6 or 7 gbs worth that i still haven't archived.
so my problem is to choose a set of the folders to burn so that the free space on the dvd is minimised algorithm nerds might notice this is very similiar to the classic bin packing problem
so here are my 16 folders with their sizes in bytes
209964 ./rgb checker spheres 535228 ./360statue 345172 ./4step 1137844 ./9blobs 347508 ./a minute of pi 943540 ./back2revisited 646040 ./bw meta reflect2 455616 ./bw nye spin 535436 ./chocolate stand 257348 ./closed motor particles 924450 ./rgb torus reflect 437804 ./the cell 1627414 ./underlay 496676 ./wideanglecheckers 1102636 ./wideangls 1276884 ./yellow_react_skyl
my first approach is ye olde brute forceDec 2008