By Ian Burley
24th August - 2001
First there was the cd12ri, HP’s off the shelf 12x CD-R recorder with 32x CD read capability and 10x RW (rewritable) speed, now HP offers cd16ri and cd24ri versions.
It shows that someone at HP has a sense of humour. After all, who would give an IT product a technology called ‘BURP’?! This stands for Buffer Under Run Protection, something everyone else simply calls ‘burn proof’. As CD-Rs need to write their data in on long uniterrupted stream, the integrity of the buffer is all important. If it under runs the CD can be rendered useless.
The faster a drive gets, and the fastest HP has on offer can now fill a 700MB CD-R in less than 3 minutes, the more critical under run protection gets. So if you are buying a new CD burner, look out for the term ‘burn-proof’ or ‘BURP’ in HP’s case.
So BURP may be funny, but it might also be a serious asset to prevent wasted CD-Rs - plenty enough to wipe any smile off your face!