Rodger Whitlock totototo@telus.net
Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:31:43 PST
On 26 Jan 2014, at 11:24, Jane McGary wrote:

> ...I think it's useful to keep a paper record as well as a database.

Judith Martin, writing as Miss Manners, made that very remark vis a vis 
electronic address books. Hard drives can and do fail, and backups can turn 
sour too, but paper is almost forever.

When I was working, someone latched onto the meme "paperless office" so we were 
filing diskettes instead of paper documents. Today, you have to make special 
arrangements to have a diskette drive in a computer, so those diskettes are 
effectively unreadable. There's the further problem of file formats changing or 
going obsolete, a vice to which MS software seems particularly prone. Just try 
reading an old Lotus 1-2-3 Release 5 file today!

So, dear bulbophiles, do print out your irreplaceable data and file it where 
you can find it after your house burns down.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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