Story of Phantom CD

May 19, 2008

If you are a Microsoft developer, you know how important MSDN is.


We have a wallet of few dozens of DVD’s, nicely organized by the categories, colors, and numbers. Occasionally, I even use it. However, that’s nowhere close to the full collection. The real treasure is online, in the subscriber download areas. It has all the stuff you ever want for development – OS, SDK, applications and beta.


And 99% of them are in ISO format. It is easy enough to burn a CD or DVD for installation – until one day, you run out of blank discs, and you have no idea which of those unlabeled CD-RW can be erased.


How lazy can we be? I have a pile of used discs. I am sure I have some Office and some Visual Studio installation discs there, but I don’t know which. I wait for the pile to grow, and eventually throw them away.


Without question, Alcohol is the number one in virtual CD. Unfortunately, it didn’t install on my system. There must be some kind of conflict because I had a lot of junks installed. Yes, there is a “Virtual CD Control Panel” for XP, but that’s unsupported software from Microsoft. I wasn’t comfortable with that.


So, Phantom CD started as a small project, for fun, and for our own convenience. Mount the ISO as a CD or DVD disc. You get faster speed, and don’t have a pile of wasted discs.



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