I don't feel like working (at work) today, so I bring you the following:
The Digital Dolphin's 10 worst DVDRs of 2005
#10: B Grade Optodisc media with TYG02 code. This stuff was everywhere, ruining the reputation of A Grade Optodisc, and didn't work properly on drives that couldn't handle the faked code.
#9: Ricoh 2.4x DVD+RDL, stuck in Verbatim's shadow for DL media, Ricoh's discs never attained the same or even similar levels of support from drive makers.
#8: RiData 2.4x DVD+RDL, with limited drive support, even when the media isn't crappy it doesn't work very well!
#7: Princo DVDRs. They haven't changed much, and they still suck!
#6: Memorex 2.4x DVD+RDL, easily the worst of all of Ritek's DVD+RDL OEM clients. Easily deserving of their own spot on this list of shame!
#5: Taiyo Yuden inkjet printables packaged in China.... the printable layer is far below the quality one would expect from a company like Taiyo Yuden!
#4: Lightscribe DVD+Rs! Have you seen the premiums on those things? It costs WAY more then it's worth!! and the stuff prints SO slowly, and only in old Gameboy spinache colours!
And it's all made by CMC no matter what brand you end up buying. (also, where the heck are Lightscribe DVD-Rs?!?!)
#3: Verbatim 4x DVD-RDL... it's not Verbatim's fault the format sucks, but it does.
#2: Prodisc 8x DVD-Rs. How many people are sick of getting used to PRODISCS04, and unexpectantly receive PRODISCF01, or FUJIFILM03 or MCC02RG20 on their next shipment? Seriously, why can't they make up their fricken minds?!
And the NUMBER 1 worst media of the year, according to me is.....
#1: Ritek 4x DVD-RDL media.... a poorly supported disc, in a very poorly supported format. The poor bugger never had a chance.
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media