cd/dvd has a handy-dandy crash course on preserving digital photos. The “quickstart” overview promises: “Protect your photos with these 4 easy steps!” My quick review: Marvelous tips, worth a read. Here’s a sample from the hardware overview: If you get a new computer, check all of your previous storage media to make sure the new […]

.Has it ever occurred to you that JPEG could disappear? Seems impossible, I know. But digital preservation isn’t only about the recording media. Let’s suspend reality for a moment and pretend that DVDs really will last forever. You still need to have software that can convert 1’s and 0’s into a photo of a chubby […]

Today I tried out a new video search tool called blinx. (Ugh. How much do you think they paid for that awful name, eh? Too much, no doubt.) It’s not a video hosting site like youtube, it just points to videos posted on other sites. There’s a nifty feature called The Wall which displays your […]

Most people protect the play side of their discs (the “bottom”) and don’t think about the label side at all. Big mistake. The protective layer of plastic is actually thinner on the label side than on the bottom. Click here for a handy-dandy cutaway drawing. One quick glance will explain what the heck I’m trying […]

The guys at Retro Thing have an entry about formats that disappear. In this case, it’s a reel-to-reel video tape. And no, they don’t have a machine to play it on. Yet. Which reminds me, folks — when we talk about digital preservation it’s not just about the medium that holds the information (tape, CD, […]