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[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Sat 25th Aug 2012 04:58 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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The more popular RW media also seem to be using the phase change principle. I did wonder recently if that makes all of them likely to be more long-lasting (than the "R" media based on organic dyes) ...but then I realised I hardly use optical discs by now anyway, so whatever.

And closing the DVD-RAMs into cartridges, at odds with all likely-to-be widespread DVD variants, certainly didn't help their popularity, initially
(because a form without the cartridge did show up - once I bought a fairly standard tray-loading DVD writer, almost identical to its slightly more expensive sibling with DVD-RAM support, firmware of which could be flashed on mine reportedly without issues ...but to me it wasn't worth bothering, finding & buying a DVD-RAM disc; it was probably another thing not really fitting its times - maybe because of HDDs becoming quite large at the same time, people didn't see the need to use optical discs like that)

PS. Also, prior to CD-R, there was using VHS tapes as an archival medium of crazy, then, size ;) (I remember such adapter for the Amiga)

Edited 2012-08-25 05:01 UTC

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