OK point taken, one mans meat is another mans poison so to speak - what a can of worms eh? Not like the old days of diskettes which by and large worked ok and had generally 5 years reliability (ive still got working ones going back 10 years - but thats history. Where I live piracy, fakes etc are the norm, its difficult to get the genuine article (even a bottle of coke can be counterfeit!). The only thing i trust is fresh market vegetables.
What I am flagging up here is the incidence of extremely poor CDR media flooding the market here as evidenced by my burgeoning failure rates. Its rumoured to be coming out of China. The ATIP is largely discredited as any sign of origin of quality.
I can also sympathise with your view point. You must be inundated with data on media/hardware/software, very difficult to quantify all this in terms of ratings. Noone carries the specialised equipment to do BLERs testing.
Do you think its possible to distill the essence of all this to produce guidelines for mid range safe burning (not for the guys who want to push the limits). I am speaking for those who need to make backups, send out products etc without wasting time making coasters, or worse still upsetting customers.
A sort of 10 point guide to a quality burn such as
a) the quality media you suggested
b) burning speed limited to 24x say
c) quality burner such as??
d) quality software such as Nero 5x ?
and so on
Most of the guys I correspond with had no idea there was a problem, much alarm when some checked their backup cds. These are also working hacks who havent got the time or background to become knowledgeable in this complex area
What do you suggest