Recommended CD-ROMs

by Torrey Nelson

When I started this page in 1995 I thought CD-ROMs were the ultimate information source. They could hold so much information on one little disk. And compared to what came before, they were fantastic. In the 1980s, I spent some time with a Commodore VIC-20, and I had to store programs to a cassette tape. Later with an Apple IIc and other computers the 5.25" floppy disk was king. And then the 3.5" floppy came, likely inspired by fictional data cards on Star Trek, and that was even better (you might know that one as the save icon). Then CD-ROMS came. They were being sold in book stores in nice packages. It was something you could buy like a fine book. In the early days of the World Wide Web, CD-ROMS were still a great source for programs and information. So I made this web page. In hindsight the page is rather silly. Software, books, movies, and music are delivered straight through the Internet now. Plus much of the information on CD-ROMs, such as encyclopedias, is now simply found on the World Wide Web. We all hate dead links, so I will continue to publish this page, but more as a historical curiosity.

first person: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Live from Death Row

This CD-ROM by Voyager works both on Macintosh and Windows systems. It is very educational and has a very usable interface.

Kodak Photo CD

Once your photos have been converted to this CD-ROM, you have a variety of resolutions to choose from. The higher resolution images are of very high quality. Of course, they are only as good as the photographs you have scanned.

The New Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

An Encyclopedia is always a handy reference to have, and this one is no exception. Check out the 2003 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition at

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