Upcoming PBS special on bit rot

From: Sam Ismail <dastar_at_wco.com>
Date: Wed Jan 14 10:45:00 1998

On Wed, 14 Jan 1998, Grant Zozman wrote:

> 2) People who work in the computer industry generally percieve
> themselves as pioneers who are creating a new future, and therefore
> throw off the old. As a result, very little emphasis is placed on
> storing or cataloging the vast quantities of digital data generated.
> This trend is complicated by the fact that storage mediums are
> constantly changing.

That's what we are here for...to preserve the digital past. I've never
thought of the necessity to preserve "vast quantities of digital data"
(what would that be anyway?) but by preserving the hardware, software,
manuals, magazines, sales literature, etc. we are ensuring that this stuff
will be there for future generations to marvel over. The trick is keeping
it intact. More emphasis needs to be placed on preserving the medium.
We've done a decent job of addressing the issue, but society at large

The movie industry a few years back realized they had a problem on their
hands when they realized old movie reels in their vaults were
disintegrating and historic old movies were being lost. There was then an
industry campaign to find ways to preserve these important reels. I think
the computer industry needs to do the same.

Sam Alternate e-mail: dastar_at_siconic.com
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