The impermanence of the digital…

My older, non-Typepad blogs are gone. Doh! In both cases, it was because I removed the hosted directory from my email/web provider (Intermedia.NET) while trying to accomplish something else. Being a hosted service, I had backups for neither.

The first blog was written Joel Spolsky’s CityDesk, which is a decent tool but I wanted something more suited to blogging, instead of simple web publishing. Spolsky’s views on feature set simply didn’t meet my own.

The second blog was written in Userland Radio, and hosted on my email/web provider at Intermedia.NET. In theory, I can reconstruct this one by licensing a new copy of Radio (mine expired and I moved to Typepad), and restoring a backup from tape or CD.

But I’m not going to bother doing either. There were a few posts I care about, including parts 1 and 2 of “The Future of Liberalism,” and a lot of technology-oriented stuff from 2002 and 2003. But nothing earth-shattering.

It does make you think about how impermanent all of this digital writing is, however, unless you’re pretty careful to create real physical backups.


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