CD Freaks Senior Member
With this number of posts surely comes at least a little wisdom, sagacity and the ability to be circumspect. When I started on the web, I wondered how the hell anyone got to 300 posts let alone 500 - they must've been g0ds - don't make me think you're not!
We have a policy of one issue/one Mod so please don't think there's any ganging-up going on; rather I'd like to contribute positively. I've only known philamber/flips as the VOR (voice of reason) and it distresses us all to see a little friction.
Back in 2001 CloneCD was king, really really king, there were ENTIRE sites devoted just to CloneCD - nothing else! Before LITEON, the Plexy was king. Between CloneCD and a SCSI Plex nothing couldn't be done. Then Philips released some SCSI, and later, IDE units that rivalled the Plex although the Philips never had the extra circuitry of the Plex that allowed jitter-free backups, their beta tolerances were less rigid which is why beta blocker - remember that (?) - was designed for and worked best with a Plex. These old Plex and Philips SCSIs (and select IDEs) will cut SD2 like butter, just like an ASUS and DiscJuggler/DiscDump/FireBurner. There's nothing I can't backup with an ASUS and I don't need emu. I might need ATIP hiding but I'm fortunate enough to have a range of CD/DVD-ROMS to play from. An ASUS is so cheap in Australia, that they must be giving them away overseas.
The debate over software ignores the capability of hardware. If you're stuck with a certain unit and I can only imagine those under 15 and unable to work being stuck with a lousy burner, then pick your software but this is a low-level issue except for one more thing. I understand that some people have bought one piece of backup software. I can sympathise. I am an advocate of sticking to one piece of software if you own it and have no hope of buying another and don't want to resort to cracks or serialz. It's the responsibility of Mods AND senior members to provide the right advice.
What the Mods try to ensure is this:
if a member asks a question about their piece of software - we'll see it answered without reference to another app - you know what I meanphil and I are old enough, as are some other Mods, to know that choice is divine[*]one-eyed bias should be limited to the footy field[*][Collingwood](http://collingwoodfc.com.au/) lost (again)we respect our senior members; my personal opinion is that THAT thread was doing sort of OK; there were no winners or losers, I was looking forward to the anticlimatic outcomethe backup arena is complex and sometimes ambiguous; sometimes we state the obvious, miss the essentials or just cock it up altogether
No matter. In a few weeks we're all a little braver beacuse the thread is 'gone'