History of CD ROM Inc.

1988

Incorporated as a C Corp, State of Colorado October 27 1988. Adopted the corporate name of an emerging technology called cd-rom, or compact disc read only memory after chance meeting with Dr. John Belshe, Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for recording military base closures with a new technology that could store 300,000 pages of information on a 12cm disc. Company name formally became CD ROM Incorporated and later abbreviated as CD ROM Inc, and then simply CRI. Initial work space was single car garage (of course) in Golden Colorado near the Colorado School of Mines.

1989

Sold single speed cd rom drives for $1000. Published first CD ROM Inc. sales magazine and distributed by US Mail. Microsoft OS did not automatically include a driver for cd-rom drive connection at this time Microsoft CD-ROM Extensions, or MSCDEX, available as an installable add-ons since MS-DOS 3.1 and higher, released at COMDEX in Chicago as included in Windows 3.1 on five 3 1⁄2” floppy disks. CRI moves into Jefferson County incubator.

1990

Sales started soaring after MSCDEX became mainstream. This technology was revolutional at this early time in the personal computer industry. First multi platform CD ROM discs produced by USGS.

1991

Inc. magazine awards CD ROM, Inc. 184th fastest growing privately held company in the US going from zero sales in 1988 to $1.5 million in 1991. Inc. Magazine also said CD ROM Inc. was the third fastest growing company in the State of Colorado. Employees reached 20 people. Several large companies express interest in purchasing CD ROM Inc.

1992

Patent US5367301 Method and System for Decoding Digital Audio files. CRI develops its first patented process to use the internal audio circuitry inside every CD-ROM drive to decide audio files without need for separate sound card. Gateway expresses strong interest. Anonymous third party offer to acquire the technology. Initial work started on compressed and encrypted CD-ROMs. Stacker, Double Space and other compression software packages existed to compress hard drives. Compressed volumes could be placed on CD-ROM media but the compressed volumes had to be uncompressed back to the hard drive to access the files.

1993

Continued developing a way to dynamically generate a virtual file allocation table on compressed and encrypted CD-ROM discs. Routinely produced 3GB CD-ROMs. Produced a demo 60GB CD-ROM all readable in real time from the CD-ROM disc. This led to the commercial development of the CRI-X3 compression and encryption software. Licenses sold for $30,000.00 plus annual maintenance updates.

1994

Patent US 6584520B1 awarded to CD ROM USA, then the consulting branch subsidiary of CD ROM Inc for virtual FAT process. Licensed Boeing, Cummins Engine and other confidential clients with this technology. Produced 3GB parts catalog for mechanics to maintain Longbow Apache Helicopter in the field. Moved out of the incubator into office spaces on top of Lookout Mountain (near Woody Allen’s well known space ship building from the 1973 movie Sleeper).

1995

Produced seven 30 minute TV programs for Jones Intercable including one 30 minute program with General Alexander Haig broadcast internationally on World Business Review. Produced sixty 5 minute program segments broadcast on prime time TV. CRI President was in Kobe Japan to start CD ROM Kobe on January 16 2005 but due to earthquake, dissolved incorporation documents. See “Great Hanshin Earthquake and Dr. Roger Hutchison”. CD ROM, Inc. burglarized and multimedia simulator training disc stolen permitting pilots a computer simulated training environment to learn to fly planes without time in a simulator. FBI labeled the break in-State sponsored. Principals of CRI under police protection for 2 weeks. Training of the perpetrators of September 11 2001 twin tower destruction had aerie similarities to training concepts of multimedia training CD ROM disc content. FBI office informed post 911 of concerns.

1996

Produced first internet online presence at www.cdrominc.com. Announced new release of Soft Audio produced from patent 5367301 and Trademark 1827309. Teamed with Taylor Kramer (former Iron Butterfly bass player) and Dan Shields of Total Multimedia or TMM with their Soft Video.

1997

Applied for second patent in compression and encryption technology. Digital Versatile Discs, DVD, enters the main-steam marketplace. CD ROM, Inc. sells 1X DVD recorders manufactured by Pioneer for $18,000.00. Cannot inventory enough for demand. Second US patent # 658452081 awarded for virtual FAT systems.

1998

Settlement reached against Cummins Engine in a Federal suit for copyright infringement and other business matters of CRI-X3. CD ROM Inc. a guest speaker at JETRO with SONY Entertainment CEO, Mr. Ken Kutaragi. First patent awarded in second field of science in high security for a device to destroy the information bearing layer on a CD ROM disc to include classified data. US Patent # 6039637A.

1999

CD ROM, Inc. organizes conference with Denon on optical disc technology at famous Brown Palace Hotel.

2000

Initial development to branch into providing services for digital data destruction using equipment developed for the military to destroy classified data on optical discs. Microsoft Encarta released on CD ROM discs using compressed CAB files. CD ROM Inc. receives NSA evaluation on manual CD destruction device and NSA adds to listing of approved devices in their NSA/CSS 04-02 evaluated products list. CD ROM Inc. receives General Services Administration GSA Contract under IT Schedule 70 GS35F0450J.

2001

Blu Ray optical disc technology enters the mainstream technology stage.

2002

DVD recorders drop in price from $18,000.00 to $5,000.00 clearly demonstrating downward price optical disc industry, similar to other electronics economic models.

2003

Featured speaker at Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference in Milwaukee. CD ROM Inc. sister company Digital Data Destruction or D3 opens a data destruction bureau in Iron River, Wisconsin working with the Wisconsin Business Innovation Corp. US Patent # 7134940B2 granted for DVD splitter.

2004

Ground breaking for new 24,000’ facility in Iron River, Wisconsin. Contract signed with Symantec Corp., one of the largest software manufacturers in the world, to destroy obsolete and end-of-life commercial CD ROM software packages.

2005

First shipments arrive in Wisconsin for large scale commercial destruction of CD-ROM retail software that has reached its end of life. Processed millions of software packages using 100% recycle processes and high security equipment. US Patent Application 20070069570A1 submitted for optical disc destruction device based on specification to destroy classified data on optical discs.

2006

D3, sister of CD ROM, Inc received new data destruction patent.

2007

CD ROM Inc. attends FOSE trade show in Washington DC.

2008

About 180 million DVD recorders produced world-wide. Five billion CD-R media produced world-wide. The production of DVD-R media surpasses CD-R media. US Patent Application submitted for manual DVD splitter # US20090120260A1.

2009

Late 2009 CD ROM Inc. moves corporate headquarters from Iron River, Wisconsin to Fort Myers, Florida. Company opens a new sister company eTriage to retrieve data from damaged electronic media.

2010

eTriage offers Government and commercial data retrieval services. D3 receives another patent for data destruction process US patent #7753762.

2011

CD ROM Inc publishes white paper on the Future of Optical Discs.

2012

Major federal government agency makes major purchase of new professional flash duplicator for storing video on optical disc.

2013

Facility and operations in Iron River, Wisconsin fully transferred to corporate headquarters in Fort Myers, Florida. Digital Data Destruction Services merges with Digital Data Destruction leaving Digital Destruction Services as surviving company.

2014

CD ROM, Inc. adds exFAT capability to professional flash duplicator capabilities.

2015

CD ROM, Inc. receives new GSA contract for data destruction services under Schedule 36. Receives third 5 year extension of GSA Contract GS35F0450J making the GSA contract officer note that this award was the first time in his career a company has achieved this milestone.

2016

Developed version of professional flash duplicator with NTFS system capability to complement FAT and exFAT capability on earlier duplicators. Developed ransom ware-proof computer capable of restoring data integrity from infected computer simply by shutting down and restarting infected computer by booting through a CD ROM disc.

2017

Developed with Dr. Philip Teo a malware proof prototype computer. Received new GSA Schedule 70 contract, 47QTCA18D00FJ to replace GSA contract GS35F0450J which completes is final 5 year renewal in May 2019. Contract was awarded under expedited processing by the General Services Administration due to the long successful history of CD ROM Inc. as a military contractor.

2018

Developed first iteration of augmented and virtual reality computer. Developed second generation anti-ransomware computer design. Completed prototype.

2019

Released first generation virtual reality computer CRI 33-M VR, optimized to provide the end-user with state-of-the-art parallel processing of augmented and virtual reality environments. Designed specifically for military applications and based on the gaming industry developments. Completed Gen 2 of solid state computer (fanless) CRI SRB 33, for mobile-ruggedized forward deployed environments. Completed DX-CD3 final design after NSA published specification for safe particle size for Blu Ray. Anticipated release date for both manual and electric DX-CD3: fall 2019.