Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th May 2012 18:16 UTC
Windows While it's technically a regression, and while it will surely make those of us who remember having to install DVD support on Linux from third-party repositories smile, it's still a major change and a sign of things to come: Windows 8 will ship without support for DVD and Blu-ray playback.
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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 5th May 2012 18:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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Which is probably true! But like the fax for some strange reason some stuff keeps sticking around.

I remember a friend, in the 90's, pondering if he should buy a double or quad speed cd-rom for his Windows 3.1 computer.

It was still the age of the floppy and when we heard how many floppies would fit on a single cd it was cheers all around, because an increasing number of games required disk swapping and a cd-rom negated that.

But who uses them now? They're only used for drivers, but if you haven't lost your cd/dvd the drivers on it are probably outdated, might as well download them right away.

And that's the problem with them. They get lost and when you find them they may not work anymore and if they do they contain outdated stuff.

Transferring data is much easier via the network or a USB flash drive.

I have used cds and I have bought dvds, but I've never had the urge to buy a blu-ray player.

I do have Transformers on blu-ray, because some bloke gave it to me as he had the HD version on his hard disk anyway.

Now I'm off to the attic where I'm transferring Commodore 64 disk images to real 5.25" floppies!

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