I got an email from a new subscriber to my newsletter. He was asking me to update my (free-with-subscription) ebook on scanning family photos. He suggested I include the option of storing digital photos to flash drives.

Will I make that change? That depends on the answer to some important questions:

  • How long can we expect USB-powered flash drives to last?
  • How soon will they become obsolete?
  • How do these numbers compare to CDs? To hard drives?

Do I have an answer?

Nope. Not yet.

While I’m busy researching this question, you can check out this interesting thread on absolutewrite.com. It’s a site designed for freelance writers, not archivists or IT experts. On the upside you get real-world stories — but keep in mind that it’s hard to tell who is a trusted authority and who is not.


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