DailyDirt: Keeping Information For A Really, Really, Really Long Time

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The problem of storing digital data usually involves transferring data from an older format to a newer one -- with the hopes that the newer one won't be replaced as quickly as the older format it just replaced. Maybe some archivists out there like to go through this periodic technology shift and verify that the data we've stored is still readable, but wouldn't it be nice if there was a "store it and forget it" format? If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Feb 2015 @ 10:48am

    "I think you're confusing "the manufacturers" with "experts". "

    The "so-called experts" would be the tag-team combination of the manufacturers and the lapdog mainstream media (who generally don't want to upset their advertisers). I got into a lot of arguments with people about these kind of claims back in the day, insisting that any claimed shelf life on a new product was theoretical at best, and that there was simply no way to predict how long something would actually last until proven in real-world conditions, and that anyway, most products based on new technologies often have a much shorter life than the manufacturers' predictions.

    I was making these arguments at the time there was a huge billion dollar class action settlement for homeowners who had installed polybutylene plastic pipe, which turned out to have a much shorter lifespan than people were led to believe. So I was always a bit leery of the claimed 100+ year lifespan for this other new technology, CD-Rs.

    But what did I know when 'everyone' from CNN to the NY Times was drinking the Kool Aid!

    "Also, in terms of longevity, there's a real difference between cheap CD-Rs that you can get for $15 per 100 and high quality CD-Rs."

    I somewhat expected that, but oddly enough I had more trouble with the "name brand" CDs than the (easily scratched) cheap generic silver ones, all of which held up quite well. Anyway, using an ATIP reader showed that many of them were the exact same Ritek brand CDs sold under various different labels.

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