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I've been following the discussion on long-range file storage, and it seems
that with all the complexities of burning and storing optical media as well
as concerns about being able to play the media decades down the line
(storing original player devices, etc.) it may not be impractical to
consider the alternative of redundant arrays of independent hard disks and
tape backups - along the business model of data storage?

Yes, a plastic CD or DVD in itself is cheap (even at $1), but might it not
be more efficient, even more economical to set up systems like this? Once
the system is engineered and set up, the technicians just create and save
the audio files, concerning themselves only with file management, naming,
metadata, and so on. Any thoughts on this?

Russ Hamm
Ed Tech Specialist
National School District
San Diego, CA
http://nsd.us