The majority of the people here at CDRlabs.com started as ops in
#cdr on Efnet nearly 15 years ago. This was way before every kid on
the block had a CD-RW. We maybe had at most 20 people in the
channel at a time. About a year or two later the CD-R industry
exploded. Dropping media and hardware prices and the ability to put
650mb or even 700mb onto a disk and take it with you became
appealing to everyone. People kept asking if there was a really
good website for optical storage related information. Unfortunately there was not at the time. A
few "hardware review sites" would do a review from time to time,
but the depth and consistency of the reviews turned out to be less
than desirable. A plan was hatched to create a CDR Zone, a portal
to the world of CD-R related reviews and topics. When having a
portal was not good enough, the CDR Labs was spawned to give the
world what it was lacking: useful, truthful information, quality
reviews of hardware and software, and an eye to the CD-R Industry.
Welcome to CDRLabs.
In research, you are urged to be skeptical of information until you
know the people behind the experiment and the methods used to bring
results. We would not want you to think otherwise. Every review we
do will have explicit details about what test systems we used, what
methodology was used, and what benchmarking software was used.
For example, we could tell you that a certain CD-R has buffer underrun problems, and therefore should be avoided. But what if we were
burning at 8x off of a USB Zip Drive? Would that change your mind as to the quality of our testing, and
our ability to give you a straight recommendation? Of course it
would. When components are tested, you will know the machine
driving that component down to the very last detail so you can
judge our work. You will be able to make an educated decision. That
is our mantra.
Furthermore, what qualifies any of us to bring this to you? All of
us work in the computer industry in some form. From designing
supercomputers for Cray Inc. to being a systems administrator at a
Big 10 college, our staff have a large knowledge base and a wide
variety of experience. Our real jobs keep us in touch with
technology, and that makes us able to offer insights that you would
not be able to get elsewhere.