What I Hated the Least Today 131/365: Why Compact Discs?

What do I do with this?
What do I do with this?

I subscribe to a service that runs and publishes the results of (they claim) independent consumer goods tests. They have an online archive, to which I refer for help with deciding when I need to buy something substantial, and they insist on sending a monthly magazine too. Today I had a good chuckle when my magazine arrived and the envelope contained additional materials—on a compact disc.

What exactly am I expected to do with the disc? Hang it on my ceiling light in the 1990s fashion? Put it on my finger and wear it as a fashion accessory? Attach it to my terrace railings and hope the reflecting surface will repel pigeons? I assume it was a geek joke, as I refuse to believe that I’m actually supposed to own a device with a CD/DVD drive in the year 2016. I don’t have such a thing.

Yet there seems to be a compact disc revival going on. The other day I ordered online an antivirus for my phone, received an activation code via email—and a few days later I found in my snail mail a box from the antivirus company with a CD containing who knows what. I, for one, don’t know, I don’t possess the skill of reading CDs just like that. I wonder what the thinking behind this was—are there many smartphones with a CD slot? Or is mine just special when it doesn’t do CDs? I remain puzzled.


Author: Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

8 thoughts

    1. Well said 🙂 It amused me, though I continue to wonder what the contents of the anti-virus CD could be and what I’m going to do with all the unsolicited discs. It’s not even suitable as a cat toy – normally I give stuff I don’t want to the cat to tear and chew and abandon before throwing it out.


  1. CD’s still have their uses. Consider that the Fax machine is still in use, here anyway. Very handy but very old technology still in use.


    1. Fax? I remember this one but I’m not quite sure why anyone would want to use it… The same for CDs. They seem impractical to me – I’m forced to use CDs when I teach class, and I constantly have problems because the CDs are probably quite worn and scratched.


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