Re: How to View Mathematica and Hardcopy Books
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- Subject: [mg62571] Re: How to View Mathematica and Hardcopy Books
- From: carlos at colorado.edu
- Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 00:58:11 -0500 (EST)
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The question of lifetime of digital recording is a murky one.
Some manufacturers (e.g. Kodak) now claim 200 years for a
properly stored (shielded cold vault) CD-R. That would be
comparable to books.
But in practice technology changes govern lifetime. When did you last
see a computer with 5.25" floppies or 1/2" magnetic tape? That means
media transfers are needed every 10-20 years to keep it accessible.
A book printed in 1800 on good quality paper is still readable.
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