Post by Wolf K Post by pjp Post by Wildman Post by pjp
Post by Shadow
On Sun, 13 May 2018 02:31:44 -0300, pjp
Post by pjp
Well I for one am counting on cd's and dvd's to last a very long time if
properly stored. I have literally thousands of them as I make backup
copies of pretty much everything passes thru my hands. I also have a
very very large library of music and videos all backed up onto optical
disk that are backups basicly to the two copies I keep of most of it on
portable/external separate hard disks (movies also get burned as
standard playable dvd). The optical disks are kept stored in cases in a
cabinet except for the most common ones used a lot, e.g. Windows
install/backup disks etc. I validate every disk when burned and I have
yet to have one I can't read ... yet.
I exclusively use writable disks for backup. I find re-writables can't
be trusted and I use them only for my hardware dvd recorder for
"taping' tv. If I want to keep that I rip it using the pc.
+1 on everything you wrote, except that I no longer use CDs,
DVDs are cheaper. I go by brand names, like HP, Philips and Sony and
very, very rarely get a coaster.
Yes I also use almost ezclusively use dvd's now. I notice when you see
them cd's are now more expensive than dvd's and even dvd's are getting
less common to find with restricted choices. I suspect soon I'll end up
buying 5-10 stacks of 100 just to insure I have them. Real drag I can't
find any more Lightscribe cd's or DVD's anymore. I believe they stopped
Prices are rediculous. They used to be like 10% pricier over normal
disks is all.
Prices in part are based on market size. Lightscribe is a niche market.
Smaller market == larger cost per unit made, is all. It never caught on
because you have to have a specialised CD/DVD writer.
It's worse than that. The "owner" of LightScribe has exited
the market. It's probably used under license, and who knows
what licenses are still valid. It's a supply problem, brought
on by "legal details".
HP should hold some key patents on LightScribe.
"HP already has several formal IP licensing efforts underway. They include:
* LightScribe, a technology that uses standard optical drives
to print labels on CDs and DVDs;
* DVD+RW, a format for writeable DVDs;
In business, "caught on" hardly matters. It's the per-unit
cost that determine the life or death of ideas. If adding
LightScribe required paying a $0.01 royalty, the technology
would disappear over night. Companies aren't even willing
to "do the math" and figure out the value proposition,
they are that adverse to licensing fees. This is why
DisplayPort was invented, because nobody wanted to pay
for HDMI. This is why Firewire disappeared, because there
was a licensing fee, whereas I don't think USB has a fee
(to the best of my knowledge).
To give an example, my company held patents, and one (unnamed)
company refused to pay around $2 million owing. We had to
chase them through the courts. The only problem with the
idea was, there could have been half a billion dollars
worth of business blocked by this "legal snit", and
a project I was working on was canceled, because the
company in question was the sole source of the key
parts for what I was building. People will go to
extra-ordinary nonsensical lengths, to avoid paying
a royalty... to anyone.
"All this legal stuff sucks... he said"