> On Jul 28, 2017, at 9:19 AM, Sam O'nella via cctalk <email@example.com> > wrote: > > I dont think I've heard if the history of the technology behind cds. Was it > SRI? I only thought the first cdrom software at least was that encyclopedia > on CD? > This being 14" just sounds like a disk platter.
It's obviously not a CD. It might be just a brown disk with scratches, being sold as something unusual to the gullible. Or it might be an optical disk of some sort, but not all optical disks are CDs. I don't know if DEC was the first to publish software on CDROM; it certainly was fairly early. I remember hearing that DEC was building a CD factory to be able to do so -- that apparently was before you could find people to do it for you. I forgot the date; not long after audio CDs appeared. The VMS License Manager was invented to deal with software on CDs, I think. paul