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May 31st, 2007

10:36 am - OK so I lied...

...I told someone that I wasn't making any more posts about the LJ brouhaha, but this is slightly related. XD

My reaction to people complaining about archives and backfiles being purged or vanishing is:

If you do not have at least two different backups of data, one of them offsite (preferably both, and in two different places), then you do not have a backup.

Don't rely on any one site, service or piece of equipment to hold data for you. If you mod a community or an archive, arrange for backup of content and keep it up-to-date. Check your backup methods and materials on a regular basis, and consider re-archiving regularly.*

This has been your public service announcement for the day.

* Eight or so years ago, when I was working in the slide collection and talking with other slide collections about a digital archive, the University of Colorado slide librarian told me that when they looked into it, they found that the lifespan of a CD was 5 years. They committed to a program of re-burning their entire digital collection every year and a half, to prevent any potential data loss.

11:45 am

Drawings of male superheroes based on cover and pinup shots of female superheroes.

Mind you, the Gambit one looks like you'd find it in manga. XD


* This is not a feminist or antifeminist statement, it's a reflection of the fact that there's a protective layer of dust and cat hair over every surface in the apartment and someone besides me and the cat will be here today.
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