Oh, great. This article from CDfreaks.com reports that recordable CDs– the ones I use to archive all those pictures of the kids, my MP3s, etc.– are decaying far more quickly than anyone anticipated:

The Dutch PC-Active magazine has done an extensive CD-R quality test. For the test the magazine has taken a look at the readability of discs, thirty different CD-R brands, that were recorded twenty months ago. The results were quite shocking as a lot of the discs simply couldn’t be read anymore.

Is any digital storage media safe?

[via Paul Saffo]