I think what's missing from the forum and from the firmware page is a tool that you could choose what drive you had, what media you had, whether you were interested in straight speed-hacks or quality of burns, and based on your choices provide you with the best firmware for the job. I know the information is in the forums in a variety of places but most people don't want to have to read 40 threads, some quite large in size, to find out this information. We have great members who selflessly test firmwares, but no clear & concise place that lists the results of the tests. For example, in one post a member can say "I got great burns with this on Taiyo Yuden TY002 media!", only to have someone three posts down say that it didn't work or was slower for them, followed by a new firmware revision two days later.
I'm not attacking, I genuinely thank all of those who moderate the forum and modify firmwares, providing them to the user community for their benefit with no monetary gain for yourselves (only our admiration and thanks). There is a lot of great signal in this forum, it's just hidden under a lot of noise, more noise as more people buy NEC drives and find this forum. Would it be possible to have some sort of poll thread rating the different firmwares for different media? For example, a TY00002 thread listing all of the modified firmwares and let the members who have done testing vote on them?
Perhaps I'm alone in this wish, I just saw the need. When you go to Scorpiosoft's FW page and are presented with 10 different options all with RPC1 and Riplock removed, it would be nice to get an opinion of what people in the know think the best firmwares are at any given moment.
Thanks for your work and thanks for reading, peace.