Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Intelligent Fatigue

20090526 typecast

By request, a typecast from my Remington Ten Forty (as yet unnamed) temporarily borrowing Norma Jean's own ribbon. Annoying as the donut-style spools may be, at least they are interchangeable. As you can see, some type slug cleaning may be required here.

Remington Ten Forty, c. ?


Mike Speegle said...

You've just described my most hated process: moving around photo archives. I'm at least 75% sure that something like 20G of my hard drive is taken up with dupes of dupes, but I am terrified of deleting something and losing it forever. THAT, and I have at least three old HDD's just sitting in a drawer that I know have pictures on them that I need to get around to archiving. Ridiculous, is what it is.

James Watterson said...

Seriously, you couldn't have said it any better!! Everyone is so trusting that all of this digital media will out last what its expected to. But if everyone doesn't keep transferring all of their files, pictures, music, writing and what ever else they will be left with nothing. I am with you 100% I have my Ricoh 35mm, for photos, Stacks of albums and all my writing done by hand or on my typewriter(s). Good to go for the next couple decades I hope. I am sensing a really good story brewing here. And your right mike it really is ridiculous.

mpclemens said...

Not to sound alarmist (too late?) but I don't think anybody's paying attention. What will read those keychain USB drives in ten years? Or twenty? Twenty years ago we thought 2400 baud modem were teh sh!t and Laserdiscs were cooool.

James Watterson said...

But don't get me wrong my external hard drive has 200GBs of my life on it. Hmm a terabyte would be nice. Watch, it will be the standard in ten years.

Monda said...

As my laptop began its death dance a few days ago, my greatest fear was losing my grandson's entire two year-old digital life. it was unimaginable panic, I tell you.

Did I have everything backed up? Sure, all the dandified and cropped ones. The originals might have been lost forever. It just makes me shiver.

mpclemens said...

I've got the same thing with my PCs, Monda. I've backed up the originals since, but even that's really a short-term solution.

It's scary -- we're going to have a whole generation without tangible traces of their youth.

Joe V said...

I've lately been trying to be consistent about having my "keeper" digital snaps printed at my local lab, who use a Noritsu machine that prints, via lasers, onto RA-4 photo paper. That's my "hardcopy" archive, tossed into an album. And better than what I can do on inkjet.

And though I have my own hard-drive backup system at home, I'm thinking more and more about just archiving the files into the "cloud", via Flickr or some other online photo storage site. After all, these folks are pros at data storage and backup; it's there prime business model, so they're probably better at it than I am.


mpclemens said...

Mmm, maybe, though I'd not want to trust my memories to any particular dot-com organization. Yes, they may be data archival pros, but they still gotta make money to keep those hard drives spinning.

I don't mean to be a downer, but Monda's recent laptop crash drove home just how perishable those files truly are.