On text documents
Posted May 13, 2012 20:53 UTC (Sun) by giraffedata
In reply to: On text documents
Parent article: Who owns your data?
The problem is that some day, your old VM won't run on the new VM host, so you have to update the VM operating system, and you old Word won't run on the new VM operating system.
You acknowledged the concern that the new VM host might not be able to read a CD, but your solution of a disk image (a VM host file that the VM sees as a disk drive, I presume) has the same problem. Not only do you have to store the disk image file on some medium from which the new VM host can read bits, but the new VM host has to be able to interpret those bits as virtual disk content.
I don't think updating all my documents each year would be practical.
The idea that it would be practical for a heritage model seems
The VM is probably the best method we will have to ensure fidelity
It still looks to me less likely to succeed than updating the documents.
If we solve the problem (i.e. improve our data heritage), I think it will be like the Economist proposes: with agreements among ourselves to maintain archive formats.
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