World's Crappiest Drives (was Re: A&J Microdrive)

From: Iggy Drougge <>
Date: Wed Dec 6 15:26:34 2000

Eric Smith skrev:

>"Iggy Drougge" <> wrote:
>> Actually, I think CD-ROM deserves a nomination. It's an optical floppy
>> /without/ any protection from outside forces whatsoever. It's actually
>> quite horrible.

>I find it amazing that someone would have a problem with CD-ROM.

>It's incredibly cheap (since it's a spin-off of a consumer audio format).

So was cassette tape.

>> /without/ any protection from outside forces whatsoever.

>I have no clue what you mean by that, but they built in an absolutely
>*huge* amount of error correction. CDs withstand more abuse than
>any other data storage medium with which I'm familiar.

Leave it on my sandy floor and it will have a nice finish. If the CD were
built like the MD, I'd be very content.

>> It's also a read-only memory.

>You say that as if it was a bad thing.

Of course I do. Unless you're a games manufacturer, you, too should see why.

>> but to write anything to a CD, you have to
>> go through an intricate mastering process.

>Since it was never designed to be writable, you're lucky to be able to
>write it at all. You've got to expect some hassle. You might just as
>well complain that it's harder to write EPROMs than to read them.

True, but EPROMs haven't been emplyed on such a wide scale.

>> At least cassettes usually had a simple user interface.

>You've lost me there. With cassettes you have to worry about which
>side and position to use. They're not generally random access devices.

They certainly aren't, and the sequentiality makes it a bit difficult, but
SAVE and LOAD work the same way, unlike the CD.

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Received on Wed Dec 06 2000 - 15:26:34 GMT

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