I’m sure I’m not alone in having attempted to play an old disc only to find holes in the reflective surface and small green/brown patches where the media has been attacked by fungus.No such problems trouble Mini Disc – sure, a good dose of magnetism might cause problems, but there is no sign of anything eating my music!It is recorded in the Historical Classic of China that at that time the astrologers Hi and Ho neglected their duties so that when, on the 10th of October, there was a great eclipse of the Sun at Peking between seven and nine o’clock in the morning, the people were wholly unprepared for it, and “ran about here and there in the utmost consternation.” For this offence Hi and Ho were deprived of their offices, their estates were confiscated and they were driven from the kingdom.Among the Hindus we have the classical writers Garga, Parashara, and Mihira, together with their legions of commentators.
The result is a fondly remembered format that was ideal for recording live music and listening to it again later on, something not easily achievable (or indeed desirable if you have any concept of mobile phone security) with a modern media player/smartphone.
Clearing out my office drawer a few days ago, I found myself chasing a small, transparent plastic case around the bottom of the draw, somehow unable to either grab it or work out what it was.
Eventually, victory was mine (I pulled out the draw and tipped it over; I still won!
It might have been superseded by MP3 and the popularity of the i Pod, but the Sony Mini Disc format was a fantastic example of magnetic media shrunk down yet able to offer high (for the time) storage. Christian Cawley is Make Use Of's security and Linux editor, with extensive experience in IT desktop and software support.
In fact, if you were lucky enough to own a Mini Disc player and a collection of small, handy discs (which were encased in plastic) then the chances are that you still have either the player, discs or both. Probably because you realized at the time how useful and portable the format and the players/recorders were. Christian is a regular contributor to print publications such as Linux User & Developer, as well as a number of specials: Raspberry Pi for Beginners, Expert Android, The i Pad Book Vol 6, Word Press…