- Jan 10, 2012
FWIW, I have seen sites suddenly leave for whatever reason and years of info disappeared with it. No explanation, no warning, nothing. Yesterday the site's there/normal; today it's gone as if it never existed - click on your link and you just get a "site does not exist" or similarly worded message from the search engine.
I would not assume that the info will somehow remain on the web. It will only remain if the site owner maintains the site. If he/she doesn't, it's gone. In the past year I have personally seen this with a motorcycle site, a car site, and a vintage electronics site. In one case it was extremely annoying because I was restoring some tube (valve) equipment based on the site hosted by one of the original designers of the gear. Then it was gone...
Exactly. I have my laptop backed up to a RAID array, and that is backed up to thumb drives I keep out of my house.When I took records management in school 250 years ago we were told backup is three copies and one of them is remote to
your server location. Your server, of course, is RAID array.
It never failed me and I retired undefeated.
Yep, I spent literally hundreds of hours drawing zoo animals from memory in MS paint on my 286 with early VGA color (640x480), stored onto a 5-1/4" 1.2MB floppy; each drawing was the large subject animal, some background habitat, and a tiny detailed insect or other creature hiding somewhere in the piece.Another related issue - what was once commonly readable may not be as time marches on. I have a bunch of docs that I wrote back in the early 80's and no current computer can even load the discs.
Yep, I spent literally hundreds of hours drawing zoo animals from memory in MS paint on my 286 with early VGA color (640x480), stored onto a 5-1/4" 1.2MB floppy; each drawing was the large subject animal, some background habitat, and a tiny detailed insect or other creature hiding somewhere in the piece.
A couple of years ago, I tried to read the floppy on an old PC I managed to slap together, and the disc had become unreadable. How sad, those memories were attached to our son as a little kid, he's now 33 and can't show them to our grandkids. They were some of my best drawings ever, as I don't typically do natural stuff, just bikes, cars, and other mechanical drawings, for the most part. They were also my first "correct" drawings, as I zoomed in and detailed them pretty extensively.
I did have other drawings of Triumphs, this was before my Norton-inclusive days; those are also lost...
Ride it like you stole it, till you can't.Just sad that OB is gone. I guess it's just one of those "end of an era" parts of normal life but it's a sobering reminder that change is normal and that things we do today will, before we know it, becomes things we no longer can (or wish to) do.
Heck, it won't be too long before internal combustion engines are (mostly) gone and nobody will miss them other than old folks reminiscing about the "good old days"...if they can remember anything.