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February 8, 2011

Microfilm will abide

There's still a place for microfilm. The work I did will still be in the archives of the Walters Art Museum in five hundred years, about four hundred fifty years after the last of the lousy digital "archives" have all faded or become corrupt. In five hundred years, you'll need a computer whiz to recover that data. As to mine—you just need a magnifying glass—but that's the victory of the salesman, selling ease and convenience with enough sunshine to drown the down-sides in a glossy glare of this-is-how-we-do-things-now. -- No Tool is Gone, Under the Sun | MetaFilter

Posted by Vanderleun at February 8, 2011 11:27 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Rubbish. The films will have crumbled into dust long before 500 years have passed. Of course as the price of silver goes up, the incentive to sell the film to recyclers goes up.

Posted by: Fat Man at February 9, 2011 9:34 AM

Papyrus or carving it out on a slab of clay. Take yer pick. All else decomposes far too fast for the level of archival you want.

DNA code is even better in that department, with some codons being the same for over a billion years. But only because they got copied over and over again. Not to be counted on in the case of Obamageddon.

"Look at it this way: in a hundred years, who's gonna care?" - Sarah Connor's friend in The Terminator.

Posted by: Fearless Ferenc at February 9, 2011 6:24 PM

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