Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/04/28

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Subject: Re: Vs: [Leica] Digital vs Film
From: Andrew Schroter <>
Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 22:16:31 -0400
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From: "Aram Langhans" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2002 9:06 AM
Subject: RE: Vs: [Leica] Digital vs Film

> William.
> I've been saying this for years.  I have a ton of digital files of papers
> students have submitted.  I moved them from floppy to CD about 8 years
> There are quiet a few that, while the files are in great shape, there is
> way to read them.  The software used 10-15 years ago just doesn't exist
> anymore.  The newer Mac's don't even have floppy drives (yes you can buy
> attachments).  And at the current rate of change, I think your 50 year
> frame will be more like 10 years.  I did convert those files that were
> in early versions of Word/Excel Appleworks/MSWorks to a later version of
> Office a few years back and made a new CD, but that took a lot of time.
> others have posted, they have taken literally hundreds of thousands of
> digital photos.  Are they going to be able to change them as old formats
> fall out of practice and new ones come into practice?  (GIF to JPEG to...)
> Will they have the time to take new photos when all they are doing is
> converting file after file after file....  Do we save everything as text
> raw data?
> As I've stated before, I think this age has the most information available
> to it than any other age, and in 50 years I think we well find it has the
> least information available to future historians than any other age.  Lots
> of stuff storred but no way to access it.  Maybe technology will solve
> problem, too, but for the short run, watch out.
> Aram
> PS.  Good thing I also have hard copies.  But the ink????
> > Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2002 20:42:54 -0500
> > From: William Gower <>
> > Subject: RE: Vs: [Leica] Digital vs Film
> > Message-ID: <>
> > References:
> >
> <<large snip>>
> >
> > Are your great-great grandchildren going to be holding one of your
> > digital inkjet prints 100 years from now just because Epson or someone
> > like Henry Wilhelm says you should experience no significant fading
> > under proper storage conditions ?
> >
> > Do you expect that electronic manufacturers will continue to build
> > technology to support the CD and DVD formats 50 years from now, or are
> > they going to be the technological equivalent of the 8 track tape, 45
> > RPM disk or wax cylinder recording ?
> >
> > Digital may be more efficient  = more images. I'm thinking now that
> > digital = the potential for more images lost.
> >
> > My thoughts. I guess only time will tell.
> >
> > William
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