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Blog Archive for the ‘Digital Dark Age’ Category

Publish And Perish

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 1st, 02006

A piece in Forbes Magazine Publish And Perish Elisabeth Eaves, 12.01.06, 12:00 PM ET Nothing is safe. Not your e-mails, digital photos or Word files. Not old newspapers or books. When it comes to storing information, everything will disappear into digital obsolescence or crumble to dust. Even White House e-mails, important blueprints and influential works…  Read More

The Digital Ice Age

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 20th, 02006

  A good article on the digital preservation problem in Popular Mechanics: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4201645.html?page=1 When the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz takes to sea, it carries more than a half-million files with diagrams of the propulsion, electrical and other systems critical to operation. Because this is the 21st century, these are not unwieldy paper scrolls of engineering…  Read More

Modern History Gap

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 13th, 02006

Storing information is easier than ever, but it’s also never been so easy to lose it — forever. We could end up with a modern history gap. By Charles Piller, LA Times Staff Writer September 13, 2006 Carter G. Walker remembers the day her memories vanished. After sending an e-mail to her aunt, the Montana…  Read More

‘One small step for man,’ 700-box tape loss for NASA

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 16th, 02006

Original recordings of Apollo moon missions are missing WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. government has misplaced the original recording of the first moon landing, including astronaut Neil Armstrong’s famous “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” a NASA spokesman said on Monday. Armstrong’s famous space walk, seen by millions of viewers on…  Read More

Long Now’s Digitial Dilemma

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 10th, 02006

Long Now collects stories of the “digital dark age”.  Originally these were kept in discussion boards, but we have moved this to our blog as of 02007 (Acknowledging that the present will in fact be known as the digital dark age, since all our digital data has no forward migration path.) I thought that the…  Read More

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