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Old 12-28-2011, 11:00 PM
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Default Do Not Lose Those Old Memories

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/were-losing-our-past-to-technology/article2281503/' target='_blank'>http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news...article2281503/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"The films contained clips of my family in the late 1950s and early 1960s, not long before my mother became gravely ill. Over the intervening decades, I hadn&rsquo;t had the heart to look at them.&nbsp; But, this time, I packed the films into a shoebox and took them to someone who specializes in converting old films into digital form. Within a week, I had all the clips on a DVD and was showing them to my wife and two young children."</em></p><p>The problem with technology is infrastructure.&nbsp; Most technology needs an infrastructure of one fashion or another, and without that infrastructure, the data we store using that technology can be lost.&nbsp; We have seen turnover in technology several times over the past few decades.&nbsp; From vinyls to cassette tapes to CDs to mp3s and beyond, music and audio recordings have changed several times.&nbsp; Videos have gone through similar transitions as have pictures and documents; everything we use to capture the precious thoughts and memories of our lives.&nbsp; There is nothing wrong with using technology to store these keepsakes, but time and effort must be spent to maintain your treasures, and I think that it is worth it.</p>
 
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