The New York Times: Even Digital Memories Can Fade
Anonymous Patron writes "Even Digital Memories Can Fade says no one has figured out how to preserve electronic materials from the nation's 115 million home computers for the next decade, much less for the ages. "To save a digital file for, let's say, a hundred years is going to take a lot of work," said Peter Hite, president of Media Management Services, a consulting firm in Houston. "Whereas to take a traditional photograph and just put it in a shoe box doesn't take any work." Already, half of all photographs are taken by digital cameras, with most of the shots never leaving a personal computer's hard drive."