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 Mar 18, 2005 - 10:28 AM - by Michael
* CD-R's and Peril

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Wired's covering people who take their CD-R media seriously today in a look at who's REALLY making the CD-R's that wound up in your package.

It's also got a warning about data reliability; some of the shoddier CD-R's out there don't have a very good shelf life.

"Good," by these standards, has several meanings. Most importantly, people don't want to wind up with coasters -- discs that fail to burn properly and are rendered useless. It used to be that producing coasters was a fact of life, back when recording technology was immature. These days, most coasters are the result of poorly made media. In fact, says Pieper, "there is actually more bad media now than there was just two years ago."

I remember picking up a 100-pack of bargain priced media from a no-name company a couple years ago, all of which turned out to be bad. I've been more careful ever since.

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