[rescue] Hark, something from the depths of the storage closet!

Jeffrey Nonken jeff_work at nonken.net
Sat May 17 14:09:53 CDT 2003

On Fri, 16 May 2003 04:18:00 -0500, Kevin <kevin at mpcf.com> wrote:

> I've still got a few LDs (about 80 or so) and two players.  My
> first DVD player was a Pioneer DVD/LD combo unit.  Still use
> it often but these days a $50 unit purchased from the grocery
> store will play DVD's that the $1100 Pioneer will not :)

Yep. My first was an old Pioneer, second was a REALLY old Sony with a HeNe
laser (it's still in the basement -- I want to get the laser out) and my
latest is a Denon that the local shop was blowing out to make room. Which,
it turns out, is a re-labeled Pioneer. :)

But I now have a DVD (actually, two) and all new stuff is DVD, unless it's
simply not available on DVD (for instance, I have a copy of Shogun on VHS).
> People don't seem to understand that DVD players are
> computers and DVDs are software.  I've got a number of DVD's
> that came out around 1998/1999 that are rather "buggy".

Yep. That's nice, too, because I was able to repair my Apex DVD player by
kludging in a standard DVD computer drive.
> How'd you come across the Dragon's Layer disc?

A friend gave it to me. I don't remember any more for sure which friend,
though it's a short list. Anyway, I'm not sure where HE got it, but I was
delighted to get it. It's a cool collector's item, even if it has no
intrinsic value.

If I was feeling REALLY masochistic and my old Sony player still worked, I
could construct an actual arcade game around it... the Sony player has a
serial computer connector, and somewhere I have documentation.

Oh well, you can now get it on DVD and play it with your remote control.
Meantime, once in a while we slap the disc into the player and watch all
the deaths and the occasional escape. :)

BTW, interestingly enough, this one is single-sided. I have only one other
single-sided disc, I think it's the second Bambi disc, which is milky white
plastic on the reverse side. But this one is an aluminum platter.

"Odo, is there any more jello in the fridge?  Odo?  Odo!?"

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