Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

From: Roger Merchberger <zmerch_at_30below.com>
Date: Wed Aug 11 16:43:40 2004

Rumor has it that Jules Richardson may have mentioned these words:

>Same goes for any line termination issues; archivists would not be daft
>enough to transfer data from one medium to the next and then destroy the
>original (or if they did destroy the original, they'd be damned sure
>that the copy matched the original *exactly* first). Whilst the average
>person does make silly mistakes and then typically learns from them, I'd
>expect anyone preserving or dealing with historical data to have a few
>more smarts about them in the first place!

Rule #1: *Never* underestimate the power of human stupidity.

Rule #2: If you ever forget this, look at the people who run your country.

Rule #3: If you wonder about the sanity of Rule #2, remember, for most
countries on this earth, *you put 'em there.*


Roger "Merch" Merchberger

P.S. What was that one museum quoted recently that didn't give a ratz rump
about keeping their computers running (CHM was it?) but gutted 'em, put
lightstrings around them and said "lookey-here." Remember, *they* are our
archivists... [[Hopefully, we can change that, but it's a downhill slide,
my friend... ;-) ]]

Roger "Merch" Merchberger   ---   sysadmin, Iceberg Computers
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Received on Wed Aug 11 2004 - 16:43:40 BST

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