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Information Technology ('06)
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Informal Introduction

(June 26 2007) Written by: John-Paul Takats in Student Life, Study Abroad

Being a Web Developer and studying Information Technology I find myself upgrading and redesigning things before I ever get a chance to fully utilize and enjoy them. As I start my blog I hope to make more use of it then I did of my others. I've had many different personal sites on the web and so far most of them have collected dust.

So what am I doing this for then you may ask. Having a bigger audience is one exciting reason. Also as something I can look back on to get a good idea of where I was (especially at RIT). No this isn't going to be a summary of all the party's I crash each week. Since technology is a big part a part of RIT (literally and figuratively) I would like stick to this theme, and maybe some cool/interesting things going on in my life. Don't panic, this isn't going to be 802.11b standards discussion or a summary of my drive to work. I will try to keep this interesting and also open some topics up just for discussion (so please comment!).

My lost blog entries remind me of how social computing has become such a phenomenon. The only problem is it seems that digital information doesn't survive so well. Some of my old blog posts have simply gone to binary heaven. New forms of media such as CD's and floppy disks fall out of use rapidly. So maybe this blog wont survive for thousands of years but I will do my best to keep it alive for now.

 

From "Digital Information Will Never Survive by Accident”:

"Beagrie: In the right conditions papyrus or paper can survive by accident or through benign neglect for centuries or in the case of the Dead Sea Scrolls for thousands of years. It takes hundreds of years for languages and handwriting to evolve to the point where only a few specialists can read them.
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In contrast, digital information will never survive and remain accessible by accident: it requires ongoing active management. The information and the ability to read it can be lost in a few years. Storage media such as paper tape, floppy disks, CD-ROM, DVD evolve and fall out of use rapidly. Digital storage media have relatively short archival life-spans compared to other media. As the volumes, heterogeneity, and complexity of digital information grows this requirement for active management becomes more challenging and more critical to a wider range of organisations."

In the Next Exciting Post: SCCA Videos (from RIT!), Skateboarding Pictures.

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