A Real Floppy Discovery

A little digging in an old cabinet today, and look what I’ve found.  Oh, well, some of you Gen-Y-ers may not recognize it: it’s a 5.25” floppy disk.  From the time they were really floppy.

Disk and sleeve mismatched (3M in IBM), old media reused – the handwritten word “diploma” means this must be the diskette that has my University Thesis on it … probably in an early release WordStar fomat.  (For the Y-ers, WordStar is a piece of computing history).

So all this means I have it and I don’t – highly unlikely I will ever be able to access it.  It’s all my fault.  I did not have my advice piece to follow back than.

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(Cross-posted @ CloudAve )


Ma.Gnolia Data Loss – Is Your Data Safe?

Ma.gnolia, a social bookmarking service is down, lost all their user data and they don’t know if / when they can recover

This is as bad as it can get for any Web 2.0 service (and more importantly for users), and the backlash against Cloud services has already started.   My first reaction is taking Stowe Boyd’s approach – a quick overview of how safe my own data is.

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Update: also read Krish’s post @ ClouDave: Magnolia Effect – Should We Trust The Clouds?