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Re: [BKARTS] CD-R longevity and recording techniques for archival recordings

In a message dated 1/21/04 2:15:01 PM Pacific Standard Time,
verheyen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

<< If it's digital, the only true preservation path is migration.>>

Migration is a good issue to have reviewed on a regular basis, for any method
of archiving.

<<That includes medium and format.>> .

 The actual low-level format of the CD does not and will not change.  Only
the higher-level format of the files (such as jpg, gif, txt, doc, as so forth)
change.   Some standard formats, like jpg and txt, are fixed and will never
change and will always be readable.  However, proprietary formats (such as .doc,
pdf) change at the will of the owners ,  so, these would not good formats for
use in archiving.   Same goes for the computer. Proprietary computer systems
(such as Macs)  should not be used for archiving.  Only "open system" computers
, such as PCs, should be used.

<<The changes are just coming too fast.>>
This fails to understand that CDs are a very mature technology.  For better
or worse, these little plastic discs are going to be around for a very long

<<This topic has also been beaten to death in the past. >>

Indeed, much more heat than light has been shed on this topic, on this forum.
  Clearly, there are strong biases on each side.

I wonder, is the source of, at least some of, the bias is; Mac vs. PC.  Mac
users are, by definition, used to using a proprietary computer system.   This
has to affect their view of how computers (on a larger scale) work.

With a propreitary system the user is at the mercy of the computer
manufacturer :OS-X anyone?  With a non-propreitary system, the manufacturer is, largely,
at the mercy of the consumers.

So, for a Mac user, the computer world indeed is full of arbitary changes
that they have no control over.  For PC users, other than advnaces in processor
speed, things tend to stay pretty constant.

Fact: There will never be a PC that can't load a copy of DOS - and run it.
If it can't, it's not a PC.   Ssomething that most Mac folks just can't seem to


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