Dear Tom,

Considering all of the variables that surround the creation (and  
retrieval) of optical media archival storage, I must say that  
"industry standardization" regarding CD-R is at best a misplaced  
argument.  Many users of CD-R media for backup look for the best deal  
(100 spindle for $25, total junk) and expect that to be a good  
archival format.  Even if you are using the best archival Gold CD-R  
media out there, you have (at best) a perilous digital archive.

It is not about the shelf life, it is about the availability of  
drives (and perhaps compatible software/ firmware) on which you place  
your assets.

Regarding DVD+/-R, I would say that your hopes may or may not have an  
influence on which camp wins (DVD-HD/ Blu-Ray), and no one knows the  
backwards compatibility of the next generation readers.


John Spencer

On Oct 3, 2005, at 7:49 PM, Tom Fine wrote:

> That's a good harbinger
> for the long-term viability of the CDR format. This is an example  
> where
> industry standardization on a method and form factor is a very Good  
> Thing.
> I'm hoping very much that DVD+/-R is a continuation of the Good  
> Thing but
> it's pretty early to pass judgement.