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New disc keeps your lolcats collection safe for a millennia

One of the things that most people don’t consider when they are pouring all of their digital photos and video onto a CD or DVD to save for the future is that optical media has a finite lifespan. In as little as three to five years all those photos safely tucked away on a DVD may be unreadable.

For those needing an optical media to store data or photos for archival purposes that will last much (much, much) longer than the lifespan of conventional DVDs and CDs a new startup company called Cranberry LLC has a new DVD that promises to be usable for 1,000 years called DiamonDisc. The disc uses standard DVD format, which means any old DVD player can read the data on the disc.

The DiamonDisc stores the standard 4.7GB of data that a single layer DVD can store. What allows the new disc media to last so long is that the discs don't use dyes, adhesive layers, or reflective materials that can deteriorate over time. The discs can also stand up to temperatures as high as 176 degrees.

Cranberry gets its claims of 1,000 years of viability from lab tests using the ECMA-379 temperature and humidity testing standards. Whereas the standard DVD has a silver or gold reflective surface, the DiamonDisc is transparent with no reflective layer.

The real catch with these discs is that you need a special DVD burner to be able to author them. The DVD burner needed for writing the special DVDs sells for $4,995 and includes 150 DiamonDiscs. The burner connects to any computer via a USB port. The company will also burn the discs for you for $34.95 for a single disc, $29.95 for two or more, or $149.75 for five discs.

With that price, the DiamonDiscs aren’t going to be that appealing to consumers. However, enterprise and government users may be intrigued in the medium for archival purposes. Cranberry reports that it is in talks with the U.S. Government to use the format for archival purposes.

Joe Beaulaurier, Cranberry's chief marketing officer said, "For the military, there's no heat, light, magnetic waves, or environmental abuse that will have an impact on these discs."




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RE: penny stock
By drycrust on 11/14/2009 2:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
I agree as well. If one considers what electrical technology we use today that is unchanged with that used 100 years ago, about the only thing is the incandescent light bulb. In addition, when we consider what doesn't need any maintenance, about the only thing so far to have reliably lasted 100 years is the wiring.
If we ask what has lasted reliably unmaintained over 1000 years and that the average Joe can understand without the need to learn olde languages, about the only thing is visual stuff like sketches, paintings and mosaics.
So what technology do we have now that needs no maintenance, doesn't require special languages to learn, and we can reasonably expect to exist in 1000 years time? CDs/DVDs, flash drives, hard drives, cassette tapes, and VHS, will have disappeared creating another "Dark Ages" simply because even if the items do last, they need machines made of highly complex parts to extract the information upon them. Only photographs (if the paper lasts), sketches, paintings, ... and mosaics will be easily understood.


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