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Optical storage for computers : technology and applications
Bradley, A. C. (Alan C.), 1931-
Publication Information:
Chichester : E. Horwood ; New York : Halsted Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
216 pages : illustrations ; 25 m.
General Note:
Includes index.

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TA1635 .B73 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Alan Bradley was born in Toronto, Canada. He studied electronic engineering and worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto. Later, he became the Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, where he remained for 25 years before taking early retirement to write in 1994.

He is the author of the Flavia de Luce Mystery series, all 6 of which have been New York Times bestsellers. In 2009 he won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel for The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. He also writes non-fiction books including The Shoebox Bible and Ms. Holmes of Baker Street.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Choice Review

Bradley presents a broad, not too technical view of the increasingly important new computer storage technology, optical storage. He writes clearly about three major current technologies: write-once disks, rewritable disks (used as the disk storage medium in the new NeXT machine built by Apple founder Steve Jobs's new company), and read-only disks (the widely used CD-ROMs). He also comments more briefly on new developments such as optical disks and cards. He discusses both the storage media and devices and the application interfaces, and he presents several application case histories drawn from British businesses. No discussion is made of US applications. The moderate technical level of the book and the author's clear and jargon-free style should make it quite accessible to undergraduates. A useful annotated bibliography is included as an appendix. Recommended for undergraduate libraries as a valuable survey of this fast-developing field. -H. D. Warner, Western New England College