[LAD] [OT] Richard Stallman warns against ChromeOS

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Fri Dec 17 12:06:04 UTC 2010

On Fri, 2010-12-17 at 12:48 +0100, Arnold Krille wrote:
> On Friday 17 December 2010 10:36:47 Philipp Überbacher wrote:
> > I guess it really depends on what you try to achieve. Afaik the average
> > life-span of a HD is puny 2 years. From what I heard the magnetic tapes
> > used by for example ESA a long time ago have a life-span of 80 years. If
> > 'store it good and forget' is what you're after then tape seems like a
> > good idea.
> If you want long-time storage of information, the only thing that has proven 
> stable so far is (micro-)film or print to paper (with laser-printer).

Assumed the micro-film is stored air-conditioned and the paper isn't low
cost copy paper from the supermarket, that will moldered at least after
50 years, even if you'll store it air-conditioned.

For paper you need very expensive paper. Micro-film IMO is the better
choice, but anyway delicate if there should be an 'event' during
storage. Arnold from DE, remember the archive at Cologne ;).

They could save documents for the moment, made of very good paper, but
anyway it's not sure that those documents can be saved for a long time,
after they get wet.

> Its no use when the tape holds the information for 80 years when the drives 
> and connected hardware are obsolete and out-of-production after max of 20 
> years...
> Have fun,
> Arnold
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