Much to do about nothing, but the prescribed way to "properly" store a stack of CD's or DVD's isn't as a pile one on top of another, but to have them lined up side to side like a bunch of books between bookends.
Anyone see any gismo (not small bookends) that does this?
Dont know if you're refering to store bought DVDs for your new entertianment epicenter, or for stored media for your computer. but for the computer I use acouple of these for easy storage and retrieval. http://www.centurycdna.com/product.asp
I had a lot of CD-Rom drives that had discs in them for about 3-4 years and they didn't work one day. I pulled out the discs and noticed the shiny plastic wasn't shiny but had dull patches of milkiy looking stuff on them. I cleaned them up and they were ok. They cleaned up hard by the way, lots of rubbing.
The good news is you can buy CDs that'll last at least 100 years, 300 years with good storage and a bit of luck. The bad news is there isn't the demand for that type of chemistry for DVDs so if you're very careful 4x DVDs might last 10 to 20 years.
Pressed media are totally different to burnt media, most of the figures that the general public hear are for pressed media and they assume they apply to burnt media.