Off topic: Will your CDs be useable in 10 years??

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mountainhouse Regular Member • Posts: 429
Off topic: Will your CDs be useable in 10 years??

Toss a negative or photograph in a dark, cool place and it will be fine in 20 years or so. Digital media is different. The US National Institute of Standards and Technology just came out with a digital media care guide. Very interesting:
http://www.itl.nist.gov/div895/carefordisc/CDandDVDCareandHandlingGuide.pdf
For the less obsessive, here's the Reader's Digest version:
http://www.itl.nist.gov/div895/carefordisc/onepage.pdf
This all comes out of NIST's Digital Preservation Program:
http://www.itl.nist.gov/div895/carefordisc/index.html
(Amazing... They're from the government, and they really are here to help!)
An InformationWeek article along similar lines:
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=15800263&pgno=1
Oops, better stop. I know, obsessive.

frankB
(slashdot.com reader)

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