The Rosetta Blog > Post archive for August 2008

  • 6 years, 4 months ago by Kevin Kelly

    Very Long-Term Backup

    Paper, it turns out, is a very reliable backup medium for information.  While it can burn or dissolve in water, good acid-free versions of paper are otherwise stable over the long term, cheap to warehouse, and oblivious to technological change because its pages are "eye-scanable."  No special devices needed. Well-made, well-cared for paper can last 1,000 years easily, and probably reach 2,000 without much extra trouble.

  • 6 years, 4 months ago by Laura Welcher

    Be sure to read the fine print!

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