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By Dave Winer on Sunday, June 05, 2011 at 9:44 AM.

A picture named tryHarder.jpgBlogs posts and photographs are important stuff, not just important realtime, but important over time. #

First a story... #

I sold my Berkeley house last year. It's the second time I sold a house. Each time I sell a house I fork off a storage unit. It happened the first time, when I sold the house in Woodside. I was spending $300-plus per month to keep the stuff I hadn't sorted through to figure out what I absolutely had to hold on to. #

The second time, with the help of a friend, I did the sorting-through process, and this storage unit only costs $45 a month. The stuff I absolutely couldn't bear to part with were mostly notebooks and letters and a big box of unsorted photos. In the box, photos of friends and lovers, children and family members, most of whom are long-gone. Even if they aren't gone, our youth is gone. Memories that, even writing about, make me emotional.  #

I know I'm supposed to live in the moment, always -- so sue me -- I find it satisfying to remember the people I care about. And the events that were important and the experiences we shared.  #

Ask Kodak. They made a huge business out of these emotions. Now it's Canon and Apple. #

That's why I'm willing to put a lot of effort into being sure that my photos and blog posts, the ones on Flickr and here on scripting.com, are safe.  #

On the other side, the tech industry, understandably, doesn't place a high value on organizing and preserving my digital past, or yours.  #

So there's something we still have to do, something we, as users -- will have to do for ourselves.  #



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