Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Nov 2008 09:13 UTC, submitted by irbis
In the News What stands a better chance of surviving 50 years from now, a framed photograph or a 10-megabyte digital photo file on your computer's hard drive? The concern for archivists and information scientists is that, with ever-shifting platforms and file formats, much of the data we produce today could eventually fall into a black hole of inaccessibility.
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XX not XXI century is a "dark age"
by areks on Mon 10th Nov 2008 10:37 UTC
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This can be a problem in short time like 20-30 years but not in long. If in 200-300 years some archaeologist will like to read any data from now (of course if the medium like disc or CD survives) it will be not problem at all. It does not matter if specification for this file is open or completely lost the power of computers will be so big what they will "brake" the code in minutes.
It is like with Egyptians hieroglyphs. Nobody was using this language for thousand of years but we are able to read it now.

The XX century will be a "dark age". Just in the beginning of the century we changed technology of making paper, and it is 100% sure what all books printed in XX century (and now) will completely fall apart after 100-200 years.

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