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Future-safe archives, again

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named joker.jpgI was on a cleanup and backup binge today, and came across a folder on one of my disks entitled Trade Secrets in a place where it didn't belong. I did a search on my LAN and found it was my only copy, not just here, but on the net too.  Permalink to this paragraph

I had made a point of blogging about this folder in October 2006, that much showed up in Google, but the folder was on a machine that I shut down some months later, and it pointed to a folder on the new owner of the IP address's machine. There was no evidence of the files anywhere on the net. Permalink to this paragraph

So I'm rescuing it again. Back shortly with more info. Permalink to this paragraph

The links work again.  Permalink to this paragraph

http://secrets.podcatch.com/ is the folder. Permalink to this paragraph

And http://secrets.podcatch.com/tradeSecrets.zip is the archive. Permalink to this paragraph

But this highlights something. Even when you make an effort to make something permanently available, less than two years later, it's gone again. Permalink to this paragraph

If we want the web that we're creating to last, we're going to have to be deliberate and systematic about it. It's not easy. Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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