This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
Since its inception, the FAQ has been made available, in its entirety,
free of charge. For nearly nine years, this was done without any overt
advertising. This was made possible in large part by Katherine Cochrane
and Andy Rubin, who provided free web hosting on cd-info.com and spies.com,
respectively. The FAQ was using over 1GB of bandwidth per day at its peak,
occasionally exceeding 2GB per day, so hosting the FAQ was not for the
faint of heart.
The free web hosting days came to an end in January 2005, so I decided
that the FAQ should try to pay its own way. I'm currently using Google's
advertising service, because Google's ads tend to be tasteful and relevant
to readers. It's also easy for me to manage. The ads themselves are
chosen by Google based on some criteria I have no control over, so please
do not assume that I endorse the ads or vendors in any way.
The text version posted to the newsgroups doesn't cost me anything to
distribute, so no ads will be found there. Only the cdrfaq.org version
In an effort to keep the FAQ fair and impartial, I have never accepted direct
advertising, mutual linking, or links with affiliate IDs. Vendors with
relevant products can have URLs added to appropriate sections of the FAQ,
simply by asking.
Products that solve specific problems, such as recovering data from damaged
discs, repairing scratches, or removing pops and clicks from digitized
audio tracks, will be listed under the appropriate topic. CD recording
software and hardware vendors can get their own sub-section. Vendors that
don't fit in a specific category will be listed in section (8).