Verbatim’s newly released UltraLife Gold Archival Grade DVD-R media is the most durable, longest-lasting DVD-R media you can buy. These discs have two features designed to increase their useful life: a gold layer that covers the silver recording layer, and an extra-hard coating to protect the discs from scratches. The gold layer is claimed to reduce the possibility of corrosion of the silver layer, which (aside from scratches) is the primary cause of disc failure.
I suggest that if you’re archiving important files onto DVDs, consider using these discs. Street price is $10 for five DVD-R discs, or $80 for 50 discs. Verbatim also has an UltraLife Gold CD-R, available for as little as $50 for 50. (Prices are from www.mediasupply.com)
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.