My non-delete policy [Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, 7:33 pm]
Sometimes I amuse myself. I rely on computer technology quite a bit - more than a lot of people I know. I use my laptop a lot during the day to store writings, music files, photos, etc. And yet at the same time, I find myself suspicious and untrusting of this wonderful technology at times.
I love convenience as much as anyone, but somehow I've always held the belief that the easier something is to create, the easier it is to destroy. I've heard stories about people losing their computer hard drives before, and maybe that's what motivates me to keep "real" copies of my most important things.
That's why I keep a pen and paper diary, which is much more important to me than my internet diaries. That's why I occasionally print out e-mail and IM conversations for safe-keeping. That's why I often save my writings on discs. That's also why I favor traditional photography over digital. All of my important photos are saved as negatives and prints rather than pixels.
I've put a lot of time and work into my computer files, but if I suddenly lost it all for some reason, I would still retain the most basic pieces of all the information in more concrete locations. I may sound paranoid or fearful, but at least it would take a lot more than a technological failure to make me lose my greatest accomplishments.
Spaulding: "Now this is what I want to talk to you about, Mr. Chandler. How would you like to finance a scientific expedition?"
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