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Jul 26, 2012


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I would think that the "living constitutionalist" types would consider this sort of thing a feature rather than a bug...

Dave Winer

We came pretty close to losing all the radio blogs too. Matt Mullenweg at WordPress is hosting them now.

People don't get it -- the web is built on a non-existent foundation.

A lot of people are going to be really shocked when huge pieces of their online lives are gone.


A few months ago, I managed to accidentally delete a decade-old Gmail account. A stupid thing to do, but, in my defense, it was a lot easier than it should be.

That had been my primary account for those ten years. More than 40,000 emails went poof. Gmail offers a recovery option, but I could never get that to work.

Until the web provides a better answer, if you want to keep it, keep it on your own hardware.

Ed Cone

"...keep it on your own hardware."

Unless, per the conversation with Cerf, that too stops working.


Lest not forget, much of the web is in a huge purge cycle right now thanks to Google's insistence lately.

Ginia Zenke

Here we are, losing information either on our owns systems (or its stored in difficult to access antiquated forms, anybody remember "basic"?) or it gets phased out, by Google or potentially the cloud, the Kool-Aid I don't want to drink.
We are also at really the dawn of the information-sharing age. Think of it, there are thousands of books, manuscripts, artworks, music scores, photographs, public records and letters that, if desired, ought to be scanned, categorized, tagged and cross indexed.

And we have all these people out of work. And we bloody can't find our way out of the Recession paper bag.

Along the lines of the Civilian Conservation Corps, instead of the Blue Ridge Parkway, why can't we work on scanning, categorizing, cross indexing all this material as The Big Database, or as a subsidiary arm of the Library of Congress.

Simply scanning and saving could employ typically low wage earners and give them in introduction to computers
Categorizing and cross indexing material could go to a degree in library sciences
As long as "concerned citizens" and professional archivists don't get their panties in a wad and insist on a PHD to scan & save, and to keep precautions about handling archival material down to a 15 minute demonstration/lecture (use the gloves, don't lick the silver nitrate...) we might stand a chance.

Hugh Morton gave UNC his photographs, all 70,000 of them. Think they might need help?
Carroll Martin took thousands of photographs of Greensboro and its people and they are at the Gso Historical Museum. I've always thought it would be great if you could go to a site there and look through their photos electronically - and paying for copies would be a good fundraiser for any museum with such an archive.
A data base of photographs of gravestones would help people doing research on ancestors.
Think of the photographs that have been handed down, without anything written on the back, but if you have where it was found, or given by who lived in... there might be somebody who might know something about it.

Yes, there are companies out there that do this and that's great too, but there is SO much odd, uncollected information out there that ought not to get lost. Including all our posts here.

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