Method to Dynamically Program the Behavior of a Non-Writeable Media and Leave it Alterable
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Method to Dynamically Program the Behavior of a Non-Writeable Media and Leave it Alterable This proposal is for a method to program the behavior of media that is normally considered read-only. As an example, one could propose altering an install CD-ROM. Currently, CD-ROMs are a favorite method of installing operating systems. The user must boot from the CD-ROM, pick a preferred language, and install software packages by picking menu options. This is done because it is cheaper to offer many options and have the user choose variables according to the needs of the location where the CD-ROM is used. In other words, it is not cost effective to have a "French-only" version of a CD-ROM and other language specific cdroms. The proposal is for a method which would allow a user to take a CD-ROM that has all the packages on it and program that CD-ROM to behave in a certain way during installation. The authors propose that at a reserved section of the physical media, there be alterations to the slivering of the CD-ROM media. Small "holes" in the reflective surface (achieved by not coating the plastic with the silver paint) would be left. The manufacturer could then assign values to those holes. If a user wishes to bypass the menu selection process, they can put silver tape over those holes, which would then indicate to the installation program that those options are desired.