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Re: "Digital Dark Age"



In a message dated 2/11/99 7:32:08 AM Pacific Standard Time,
handel@SI.UMICH.EDU writes:

<<  Saying "well, PDF & CD-ROMS will always be around"
 invariably does not address all the problems  >>

True. CD-ROM do not address all the problems. However, it is an invaluable
tool that needs to fully utilized in addition to other methods of archiving.
The clear advantage of CD's is that it is possible to make many copies very
cheaply and distribute them over a wide area.  It is pretty clear that the
archiving community is adverse to the what this technology brings to the game.
That this community is conservative and resistant to change is probably a good
thing, but most of the arguments against CD-ROMs appear to be very poorly
organized or thought out.

The only possibly valid argument so far are rumours of CD laminations.
However, I have dealt a long time with the 2nd hand music industry who buy
CD's and if you ask them about the problem of CD delamination they will stare
at you like deer caught in the headlights.

All the other arguments completely ignore my earlier observations about the
differences between closed and open computer architectures. Some took this as
my vs. your computer, but it is nothing of the kind.  The simple fact is that
because of the open architecture of the IBM clone -PC the basic design
information is in the public domain. Intel lost their attempt to copyright the
basic 386 computer core and so it too is now public domain. The knowledge of
how to build a 386 compatable PC will be available a thousand years from now.
90% of todays computers (100's of millions) run on 386 compatable computers.
It is complete nonsense to believe for an instant that the knowledge of, or
even assess to, use this basic level of computer technology will ever be lost.
dt fletcher


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