ENSURING THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANTS

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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