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Fern(MI)    Posted 04-15-2004 at 16:54:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
....ed, and set. Just got in and am one tired old dog. Ready for supper and can not help thinking about a couple days ago. But I have to go back in time for these thoughts.
A couple months ago, noticing what looked like a dry (had not seen rain) computer going out to the road side for trash pickup, my interest was piqued. Might be a good one? Stopping, I near had it loaded when, the owner came out and decided to keep it. She went on to explain that when she put it out for the trash man to haul it away. She expected it would be pickup and removed directly to the dump, where it would be compacted and forgotten taking all its (her family’s) secrets with it to the bottom of the heap.
Well a couple days ago her counter-part stopped by. He gave me an interesting hello hollering, “Hi you old retro bait. Come here? It seems she has changed her mind and decided to trust your judgment as to what you might find on it, if anything and forget it. And, it works!”
Absolutely thrilled at long last a computer to convert my old five and a half inch floppies. But, what a time of year to finally find a machine on which I may be able to gleam some of my old files: my ancestral files, my old fishing tails, hunting exploits, just stuff, and all my wanted posters I swiped from the post office bulletin board.
Should I feel flattered to be greeted as an old retro bait?

If you want to KEEP it...    Posted 04-16-2004 at 06:08:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
make hard copies!

Back when everyone was getting their own "personal computer" to use at work, etc. the "experts" (via the gulliable media) were telling everyone that the "paperless" office was dawning. TOTAL BS!!!!

I have worked with computers since college (1960) when the input/output medimum was paper tape. Remember punched cards?? know any machine that can read one now??? How about 1/2" magnetic tape on 1200' reels or disk packs of several platters that were aroung 12" in diameter. ALL obsolete!!! and can't be read by ANY current computer!! I could go on and on, totally booring you.

The message is, no matter what computer readable medimum you put your data on, in 10, and for sure 20 years from now, that medimum will be unreadable!! Thus the data on it will be lost!!!

You can get/read MORE about the Civil War than the Korean War because ALL the Civil War records are written on paper. Not so for the Korean and those after, and for that matter I think even WWII has records that are stored on punched cards that cannot be read.

The track record of the computer industry is clear. Todays media will be obsoletted in several years and unless you CONSTANTLY transfer your data to the next "new" media, you are in danger of PERMANENTLY loosing (being unable to retrieve) data that is stored on ANY computer media. Not so with hard copy printed on paper. A word of caution. You have to watch out for color fading, and some toner inks will "transfer" to the sheet next to them causing problems, so even some computer hard copy is not the thing to permanently save information on. I think black ink jet hard copy will stand the "test of time" but color probably will not. We'll have to wait and see.

Larry 8N75381

KellyGa    Posted 04-15-2004 at 18:36:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am pooped, too. Got in a lot of outside work today. Always got more for tomorrow. I am stove up from doing too much all at once, so I am taking to the couch and vegging on some tv after Ian leaves for work. :)

greg h    Posted 04-15-2004 at 17:39:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i dont know about some old crusty storys but i know about the fact that if you put memorys on a floppy, a cassette, an 8 track, or put them in your pocket they cant compare to the way you remember them memorys when you tell them to a child, ( not all of them lol) my boy spent a day with fern and learned about life, death, taking care of your responsabilitys, family life and god. this is his story he got to roll around with 12 kittens just born a few days ago (i think theres less he must have been talkin to fern) he helped put into the ground a young boy or girl bovine? did i say that right? all i know is that i live north of detroit and south of heaven, can i say (down on the farm) living this far north? anyways he learned alot more that day than i even know how to explain to him i think he got it! country life is where it iS!! P.S. i think im going to pitch the boys PS-2 in the trash (HE CAN PLAY WITH FERN!!)

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-15-2004 at 17:52:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ish! I hope he didn't tell his ma everything. Some of us guys have to learn how to keep some secrets. That's all in a young boys education as to how to worry women.
I think we had a good time. Like to have him visit again real soon. I think the adventure did hime good. He might even have grown some in development good side of curiousity. Would like to work with him soon. Might be better before schools out.
Give our girl a good hug for me. The rest ou can tell me when I see ya.

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