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Aubrey Kagan used this computer monitor arm to hold his oscilloscope in 1998.
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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Long term storage, retrieval, and readability
Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 10:06:21 AM
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@Measurement1Blues: MeasurementBlues didn't say that, I did.

You aren't fooling anyone -- the old-man socks in the picture give the game away!

Max The Magnificent
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Holding the ancient past in the palm of your hand
Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 10:04:46 AM
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Re the picture of an iPad as a coaster -- did you see my blog Holding the ancient past in the palm of your hand where I show a pic of my ancient Sumerian clay tablet. The information it stores is still retrievable after 4,200 years...

Measurement.Blues
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Re: Long term storage, retrieval, and readability
Measurement.Blues   3/19/2014 10:02:48 AM
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@Max,
I would never keep my passwords in the cloud.

MeasurementBlues didn't say that, I did.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Long term storage, retrieval, and readability
Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 9:58:59 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: I would never keep my passwords in the cloud.

No need, I have copies of all your passwords (ooops)

Measurement.Blues
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Re: Long term storage, retrieval, and readability
Measurement.Blues   3/19/2014 9:53:41 AM
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Clouds can evaporate, as we have seen. I would never keep my passwords in the cloud.

Fred Grevin
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Re: Long term storage, retrieval, and readability
Fred Grevin   3/18/2014 5:15:45 PM
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I teach the Spring semester class on Digital Preservation for the Graduate School of Library Science and Information Studies at Queens College (a Senior College of the City University of NY).

The first reading is "A Canticle for Leibowitz". The older students get it; the younger ones, not so much.

Fred

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Re: Long term storage, retrieval, and readability
JeffL_2   3/18/2014 7:59:40 AM
"The cloud"? That's just "let somebody else take care of it". Target was warned by Fireeye they had a data breach "in the cloud" but they ignored the problem until it was too late and the credit card data of 70 million customers was stolen. MtGox "had a little problem in the cloud" and the next thing they knew ALL their Bitcoins were gone and they were applying for bankruptcy. Experience tells us you use the cloud for convenience (and maybe for saving a little money) but NOT for security! Would you want to be the CEO at a major film studio (say Disney for example) having to explain to the stockholders that the entire digital film vault was compromised because you had decided to save a few bucks and leave the backup responsibility up to "the cloud"? I don't think so!

Bill_Jaffa
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Long term storage, retrieval, and readability
Bill_Jaffa   3/17/2014 7:53:50 PM
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Hey folks, they call it "the cloud", at least thatr's an honest name, and one that says it all as a key indicator of its survivability and viability for long-term storage. (Does anyone out there recall "A Canticle for Leibowitz"?)

mhrackin
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Re: If my house catches fire...
mhrackin   3/17/2014 4:36:45 PM
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MY father left me about 60,000 slides, many in large Carousel trays organized as slide shows.  H electured extensively on art, and was a world traveler and avid photographer among other things.  HIS projector still works, but I'll never get around to digitizing all I have.  It mostly fills a large walk-in closet....  I had hoped to find someone with a way to automatically digitize the slides IN the trays, but never found anyone.  I have some external HDDs (one connected to my WiFi router accessible to all my PCs)  but have been too lax in regularly backing up.  When my old "mainstay" XP machine went belly-up last year, i lost a LOT of important stuff ((the HDD was a casualty of the crash).  Live and learn....

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Re: Where's the "archival" media?
MeasurementBlues   3/17/2014 2:06:44 PM
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@Jeffl_2. I just may alwasy keep in XP computer around because it can run much of the old software that I can use to convert to newer formats. It has a 3.5-in.

A few years ago, I fired up a Win98 box, which as a 5.25-in. floppy and copied some files to newer media. I then converted some MultiMate ,doc files to Word .doc. Using OpenOffice or an old version of WordPerfect.

Don't burn those bridges.

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