Re: Do Burned CDs Have a Short Life Span?

Subject: Re: Do Burned CDs Have a Short Life Span?
From: "H. Christopher Christner" <cchris -at- toptechwriter -dot- us>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 11:08:23 -0500

See, you're thinking too short term. Seven hundred years ago, as they were
illuminating manuscripts for minimum wage, no doubt the monks were thinking
"What's the point, who'll ever read this stuff?" None would have dreamed
that someday their work would be digitized for the world to read. (Certainly
if one *had* imagined it and told anybody, they'd have burned him at the

So who knows? Maybe in the far flung future, during some Great Technical
Writer Shortage, a Korean scientist will use your CDs, videos, pics, and
cloned DNA to restore your memories.

Or they may have a serious shortage of coasters.


On 1/12/06 10:41 AM, "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com> wrote:

> Dick Margulis wrote:
>> What I'm thinking is that nobody cares much about anything that
>> happened before their parents were born (and a majority don't care
>> much about anything that happened before they themselves were born),
>> so screw 'em. Let 'em rediscover and reinvent everything for
>> themselves if they're so damn smart. Why bother preserving anything?
>> We're all gonna die soon enough anyway.
> That hits the head on the nail.... I have a bazillion 35 mm slides and
> negatives (Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Fujichrome, BW, etc.) and they all
> have a lifespan that goes well beyond when I'll still be slamming cold
> beer or sipping good wine. So who am I archiving these images for? The
> kids may store them for a while, but two generations down the road,
> they'll either be tossed or donated to some museum where they'll
> probably ever see the outside of the archive box.
> I like Bill's idea of making them into coasters.


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