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Bob C

Member Since 22 Mar 2006
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In Topic: Backup of Images

07 August 2020 - 02:26 PM

The issue with "Disk Rot" for CDs has been known for many years. It is due to the manufacturing process which lays a lacquer layer over an aluminum recording layer but doesn't seal  the edges. This permits air to start attacking the aluminum recording layer and cause oxidation or pits/holes, which in turn causes the data to become unreadable. There is an archival CD available that uses gold over a special recording layer to slow disk rot for up to 10 years but there has never been a permanent fix. Archival CDs are rather expensive due to the materials and special manufacturing processes. I have read that if you get 2-3 years on CDs that are commonly available you're lucky and should start to convert/copy them to new media.

In Topic: Sending a gedcom to an iPad?

06 August 2020 - 10:59 AM

The iPad app requires the full RM database. It cannot read anything else.

In Topic: Can anyone tell me please?

27 July 2020 - 01:54 PM

All CDs are "Read Only" but certain CDs can be "ReWriteable", that is they can be erased and reused.


If I can get a copy of a RM database on a CD I can extract it into my RM database very easily and do anything I can do to any RM database. It is fully usable and there is no way to prevent it. Your only option is to  not give anyone a copy of your database.

In Topic: Media File Name Being Changed

22 July 2020 - 03:35 PM

In my test I got a (2) because I had two photographs attached to the same event/fact.


The second case was because I had two copies with the same name tagged to two different individuals



In Topic: Print a report

06 July 2020 - 06:05 AM

I haven't seen a definitive answer but guesses have ranged from a Windows bug to a neutrino from outer space zapping your CPU.