Future of CDROM, DVD, etc.

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Thu Apr 27 16:19:11 CDT 2000

On Thu, 27 Apr 2000, Brendan Haley wrote:

> I love books as much as the next person, but not because of their
> incredible versatility: I love them because they are quaint and comforting.
> But if it comes to storing data or finding an article or quote I am looking
> for I will take a computer with a CDROM or a database or an etext any day.

Let's see - my harddrive just crashed so I can't access anything on my
computer until it gets repaired.  Darn, I wanted to read that article this

Or - my CDROM drive is jammed.  Now I can't access that citation I needed
to verify.

Or - my CD got fried and warped when I left it on the windowsill and now
I'll have to purchase another.

Or - my ISP is down for the day and I can't access any of the online

And so on....

On the other hand, my books don't crash, they don't jam, and they don't
get fried, and the provider (the library) is less subject to sudden
slowdowns or work stoppages.  Of course, hardcopies are subject to loss in
a fire or flood, but then so are all on my electronic media.

All media are subject to loss, damage, etc., and each type has its
merits.  I just hope I don't have to put all of my eggs in one basket.


Richard J. Jensen      |   E-MAIL: rjensen at saintmarys.edu
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