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Comments on The Digital Dark Age And Bene Gesserit House Records
Fortunately, Frank Herbert has given us a glimpse of what this future will be like. (Read the complete story)

"An article by Felix Grant, "A fistful of Rosetta stones" (http://www.sammysdot.blogspot.com/2008/11/fistful-of-rosetta-stones.html) describes a situation similar to Herbert's: the convoluted process to recover data saved to an obsolete spreadsheet format and archived to VHS videotape."
(Ray Girvan 12/14/2008 5:52:42 PM)
"Here's an excerpt:
"If I want to read what Bishop Erik Pontoppidan had to say about sea serpents in in the eighteenth century CE, state expenditures in Babylon of the sixth century BCE, or records from Ptolemaic Egypt, the source material can be read as long as I can get my hands on it. Admittedly, this relies on the work of translators, scholars, and sometimes hard won discoveries such as the Rosetta stone which enable their efforts. By and large, though, once a translation has been made I can count on its usefulness throughout my natural life and beyond. Age and medium are not problems in themselves.
Digital information, which is by definition recent and (you might think) ought to be more easily accessible, and more carefully curated, can sometimes be harder to reach than Pontoppidan or Nebuchadnezzar."
Great article; see A fistful of Rosetta stones by Felix Grant. Thanks, Ray."
(Bill Christensen 12/15/2008 6:51:45 AM)

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