Today's digital data could be gone tomorrow

"I'm not blaming Microsoft," said Cerf, who is Google's vice president and chief Internet evangelist. "What I'm saying is that backward compatibility is very hard to preserve over very long periods of time."

The data objects are only meaningful if the application software is available to interpret them, Cerf said. "We won't lose the disk, but we may lose the ability to understand the disk."


This problem isn't in the future, it is here now. I know a science library that has a file cabinet simply filled with 5.25" diskettes. While the library user can sometimes find a computer that can still read the diskette, the original software, such as Lotus 1,2,3, Scibe, Pen or others, simply does not exist. The information, still pretty recent, is already lost unless someone printed out a paper copy.

Only idiots can think that something placed on an electronic file is forever.

Even the oldest vellum will deteriorate someday. Everything is impermanent.

Happy Existential Friday

>> Everything is impermanent

Not true -- Psalm 100:5

Why don't I include the verse? Because there are people that will be offended if they see a verse. This way they don't see it unless they look it up.

Good luck clinging to that one.

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