From your PC to some corporation's faceless mainframe, from yesterday's credit card records to tomorrow's most profound works of art, our lives and societies are increasingly bound up in tangled, scattered webs of data. Will that data survive? Will it remain accessible? What happens if it doesn't? What happens to you? What happens to civilization?
Bryan Bergeron takes on these big questions in Dark Ages II, and his answers will unsettle you. Hard drives fail, CD-Rs deteriorate (and nobody really knows how long today's technologies will last). Web sites go offline (who's responsible for preserving information that's stored on the Net, anyhow?) Formats become obsolete (try reading your old Commodore 64 disks nowadays. Are you sure you'll have a Zip drive in ten years?). Simply put, your data -- and nearly everyone's -- is more fragile than you'd like to believe.
The solution isn't a return to paper: it's careful planning. There are people and organizations who do archiving right. Bergeron shows you how to become one of them -- offering practical plans for preserving your information whether you're an individual graphic artist, a small business, or a retiring CEO. You'll be glad you followed his advice. So will your descendants. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.