@Canageek @polychrome wow indeed! I worked for a duplication & fulfilment firm back in the day, and actually wrote and maintained CD duplication software used in-house in the 90s. I had to grok most of the stuff in that article to do so. The first Philips CD recorder was a massive empty box apart from the power transformer and the drive itself. It only wrote at 1x, and the discs were expensive, so development was a challenge!
@WearsManyHats @Canageek actually I remember them being sold as 'extremely delicate and prone to die if but a single particle of dust lands on the reflective surface of perfection' - which is why I was really confused by seeing people just pile them up on top of each other.
The only stable part of this I remember being billed was that the data was supposed to be much safer than on magnetic media (which turned out to be false, too )
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