Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 12:48 UTC
In the News "We all know about the gadgets that get showered with constant praise - the icons, the segment leaders, and the game changers. Tech history will never forget the Altair 8800, the Walkman, the BlackBerry, and the iPhone. But people do forget - and quickly - about the devices that failed to change the world: the great ideas doomed by mediocre execution, the gadgets that arrived before the market was really ready, or the technologies that found their stride just as the world was pivoting to something else." I was a heavy user of BeOS, Zip drives, and MiniDisc (I was an MD user up until about 2 years ago). I'm starting to see a pattern here.
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RE: Comment by drcouzelis
by Doc Pain on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 20:40 UTC in reply to "Comment by drcouzelis"
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I had a minidisc player too. I always thought it was a the perfect blend of "CD quality audio" and "record anything anywhere any time" like an audio casette.


What I did like about Minidiscs was the form factor. They were quite handy. The size was a "good feeling in your hand", and they were easy to store. In daily use, the fact that they came as cartridges (plastic enclosing carrying the media) was a real benefit compared to CDs and DVDs which have an "open surface" toward the environment, usually breadcrumbs on the table or spilled coffee, and all flat surfaces will soon be covered with them. :-)

You can also see a certain trend in computer media with a "step backward": tape reels, 8" disks, 5.25" disks, 3.5" disks, minidiscs, but then: CDs and DVDs again at 5.25"-like form factor. Ha, you can even get full-featured computers the size of a DVD drive!

Minidiscs are also as handy as CF cards - not too big, not too small (like micro-SD cards where you have to pay attention not to accidentally breathe them in). For a portable medium, they were quite okay. I'd like to see that form factor (and cartridge!) instead of today's CD and DVD formats. But people want cheap, they get cheap.

Oh well, that was before I realized just how proprietary the format was. :/


Proprietary stuff will die, sooner or later. That killed many formats with potential. Anyone remember CDi? I still have lots of CDi gear here, because I'm a living museum. :-)

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