I think its straight heavy duty marketing. If you go back in PC
Magazine a couple of years ago, there was a competing product ranked
better, the Syjet by Syquest. It used something called a Winchester
drive, and has a 1.5 gig cartridge. It was ranked more reliable, and
had more volume than the Zip. But Zip was cheaper, and marketed
heavily, so people went for the lower priced option, and Syquest is
basically gone, although its still working well for me.
Chris R Morton
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Joan J. Artus" <jjartus@a...> wrote:
> In the field of reliable backups and media in general, I have found
> mystery that I have been unable to solve so far.
> Why the zip technology is so widespread, ant the magneto-optical
> technology is systematically silenced? May be that because in
> there is one single (Japanese) producer? I don't know, but you can't
> find references to it in magazines and publications. Yet it is fast,
> reliable, affordable and powerful. Disks are not sensitive to
> fields, protected from scratches, dust, spills and dirt, which makes
> them safer than CDs. They work exactly like floppies, and are the
> size, but double thick. A 640 MB disk sells for some $7. The higher
> disks are now 1.2 GBytes, which if combined with software like
> DataKeeper can hold an enourmous lot of stuff in a very convenient
> way. We use them to backup data generated by scientific
> instruments, wich churn them at a fast pace, and I privately to
> all my personal data and software. Certainly, its scarcity means
> you cannot take your disks around, but as long as you have access to
> three computers (we have more), you feel safe.
> If anyone has any explanation (other than marketing) for this
> (to me) situation, a comment will be welcome.
> Joan Josep
> --- In email@example.com, Tom Hoots <thoots@h...> wrote:
> > I've had CD/R capability for quite some time now, and I am
> > =extraordinarily= happy with it. In comparison with Zip
> > just consider the simple matter that almost every computer has a
> > drive, but very few have Zip drives. Especially now with low CDR
> > drive prices and CDR blanks at less than 50 cents apiece, it's one
> > the best technologies every to appear in personal computing!
> > Good luck with your backups!
> > ----
> > Tom Hoots
> > thoots@h...