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Kodak tends to get "excited" about new technologies, and just gets over enthusiastic. They thought this technology would catch fire, but they made marketing errors. Had they simply offered to license the reading technology to all the audio CD companies for a few bucks per unit, they would have made the format a standard for educational CDs, people sending pictures to one another (this was all basically pre-web), storage of images, etc. You could hook up the CD-player to a TV via composite, RF or S connector, which, of course, would have added another few bucks to manufacturing costs on the audio CD players. I sometimes go into pawn shops and thrift stores just to smile at the mistakes some of these big companies have made over the years. I'm sure if you visit a pawn shop now and then you'll find a Kodak PCD/CD player. I think there is one right now still sitting in a local pawn shop in Victoria. I just dug up the original brochures (probably worth a fortune on ebay ;-)). The models were PCD 250, 850 and 5850 (that was a multi disk unit) They even had a portable model call the PCD 970 which was only $499.95! (this is all early 1990's) They also came up with a system called Flashpix in 1995-6 which was going to be THE file format for moving pictures around on the internet and for digital storage. Kodak, at odd times, have made 8mm video equipment and tapes, sold VHS tapes under their name (actually the Eastman brand, which was made by TDK was a very nice tape), and who can forget the instant film technology they "borrowed" from Polaroid (ending it the largest court settlement in history as of that time and their having to pay everyone who had one of their Colorburst cameras with Kodak coupons)... Oh well, industry works in mysterious ways... Art Carl Grohs wrote: > From: Arthur Entlich <email@example.com> > Subject: Re: Noise on my SS4000 > > (snip) > > Anyway, the current status is the CD/PhotoCD players mainly were given > away in contests, and I occasionally see them in pawn shops, Kodak got > CD-ROM manufacturers to make multi-session reading standard in their > drive firmware, and they reduced the licensing and open coded parts of > the PhotoCD file format, the format became well accepted in professional > circles, and the rest is history... If I had 1% of Kodak's losses in > trying to establish this format and not taking my advice, I could > probably be retired right now... > > Art > > *************************** > > Very interesting insight into the development of the Kodak CD and associated > technology. I don't think I have ever heard of the CD/PhotoCD player. Guess > I just missed it? > > I am amazed at the fact that manufacturers often ignore the suggestions of > beta testers. Who knows better than informed, experienced users? > > Kodak got greedy, wanted it all and almost wound up with nothing. > > Warmest Regards, > Carl Grohs, Jr. Design Directions Eden, NC > > Good scan info site: > www.scantips.com > List archives: > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scan > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.