Webmasters Note: This space will (from May,
2009 forward) be called The BAS Message, since it may be written by someone other
than the President of the BAS. Barry
1. BASS V33N1 has been published. It features a writeup of the Oxtober
2010 meeting on the AES and other test CDs by David Hadaway, written by David
Hadaway; CES report by Alvin Foster and Keith Larson; and more CES reports by
David Weinberg and Jim Buchanan. Also Alvin Foster writes extensively on calibration
of his front projection video system.
2. If you're concerned about archiving your data, The Cranberry
DiamonDisc will, the claims go, last for 1000 years. Contrary to the name, and
the repeated use of the word diamond on the site, the disk is not
made of this tough crystalline material. It is instead hewn from synthetic
stone, although it magically remains transparent. Data is burned directly
into this super-hard plate, which will withstand temperatures up to 170ºF
(80ºC). Because the disk has no adhesive, gold, or other layers, the reasoning
goes that it will last a lot longer. DiamondDiscs will cost $35 each. You can
send your files to Cranberry for them to copy or if you really need to carve your
own, there is a burner available for $1499.
Comments from the forums: One said "If you order in the next 15 minutes
we will add an additional 1000 years." Another person said why bother when
you can store data in the "cloud". I think storing a physical object
has an advantage over the internet.
A better way for the average person would be to use conventional discs and store
them in archival conditions, i.e. low temperature and humidity. A paint can with
a packet of dessicant will maintain low humidity indefinitely. In a refrigerator
the lifespan should be extremely long. And it is fire resistant as well.
email me here
. There appears to be nothing on the Cranberry
site that I can find. The OEM is here: www.millenniata.com