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12/19/2014
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Cartoon: Where Data Goes To Die

Our cartoonist answers the question of what happens to all that unrecoverable data.

Brian Moore is a cartoonist and illustrator. His first brush with the world of IT was a very part-time gig applying software patches on a TRS-80 Model III. The patches were about four lines long and arrived in the mail, typed on letterhead. He has since moved on to computers ... View Full Bio
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StaceyE
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12/31/2014 | 3:15:09 PM
Re: Unstructured data, unstructured life
@ Charlie

Procrastination is a good characteristic in my book! ;)

I also have a file or two left on an old retiree that has been awaiting my retrieval for quite some time...I just know if I throw out the old box without getting it, that will be exactly one day before I actually NEED the file again...and so it sets...still waiting.
StaceyE
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12/31/2014 | 3:12:29 PM
Re: Still better...
@ Pedro

The floor probably drops out as soon as you get close enough to "recover" the data...
StaceyE
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12/31/2014 | 3:11:29 PM
Re: Still better...
@ soozyg

It could be good, or it could be BAD...really really bad...
SachinEE
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12/28/2014 | 2:23:08 PM
Re: Still better...
Well the first thing is, data can easily get lost if nobody is finding it. The only monster it needs is the decreasing importance of that data.
SachinEE
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12/28/2014 | 2:22:02 PM
Re: A Timex Watch and a Western Digital Drive : Stand the Test of Time ?
Rather, it is just a drive. And yes, WD drives outlast Seagate anyway so yeah that may just be a WD drive. My Seagate lasted for 4 years though.
Technocrati
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12/27/2014 | 8:47:04 PM
A Timex Watch and a Western Digital Drive : Stand the Test of Time ?

I really enjoyed this cartoon,  it I am not mistaken - that looks like a Western Digtal drive.   

 

Figures.  

Ariella
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Ariella,
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12/22/2014 | 12:03:16 PM
Re: Still better...
@PedroGonzales ah, but it may be a hidden booby trap, one that gets activated only when you touch the computer or come within a foot of it.
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12/22/2014 | 10:10:16 AM
Re: Still better...
I was surprise that I didn't see a gatekeeper or a monster protecting the lost data
soozyg
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soozyg,
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12/19/2014 | 8:16:54 PM
Re: Still better...
Reminds me of a ticking time bomb. Everyone's afraid to touch it and they have no idea what will happen when it's opened.....
Charlie Babcock
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12/19/2014 | 4:08:23 PM
Unstructured data, unstructured life
One file that I must save exists only on a retired deskside computer sitting in the basement. I've been meaning to retrieve it for a about six years.
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