This quote from the article is definitely news to me!!
If you can damage a CD by writing on the label side, why do the print
rule lines on many brands
to write on?
Is this so sort of planned obsolescence? Should a CD maker know...not to
not to encourage writing on the CD?


"Part of the problem is that most people believe that it's the clear
underside of the CD that is fragile, when in fact it's the side with the
label. Scratches on the underside have to be fairly deep to cause
skipping, while scratches on the top can easily penetrate to the
aluminum layer. Even the pressure of a pen on the label side can dent
the aluminum, rendering the CD unreadable."

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Subject: archiving digital files

An article currently on CNN brings up a scary potential for those of us
who believed the manufacturers and have archived our creations onto


 Frank Ippolito
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