Dark Ages II

Dark Ages II : When the Digital Data Die

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This book is an exploration of the ephemeral quality of data on the web, in ebooks, and in eMail and the lack of enduring standardization of CD's, tapes, memor sticks and other electronic media. It explores how as a technologic society in which knowledge is the medium of business and professional life. We are documenting the majority of our actions and creating intellectual property in what amounts to disappearing ink.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 153.4 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 535.25g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130661074
  • 9780130661074

About Bryan Bergeron

BRYAN BERGERON has over 30 years' experience designing and working with computers and electronics and has been writing about leading-edge technology and envisioning the future for most of that time. He teaches at Harvard Medical School and MIT and serves as President of Archetype Technologies, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in advanced technologies.
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Table of contents

Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. I. HISTORY. 1. Language, Writing, and the Collective Memory. Data and Survival. Knowledge of the Ages. Literacy and Interconnectedness. The Evolution of Predigital Media. Getting the Word Out. A Multimedia Existence. Filtering.II. TECHNOLOGY. 2. Digital Media and Machines. The Digital Age. The Digital Computer. Computer Networks. Computer Microprocessors. Data Storage Devices. Input/Output Devices. Computer Software. Just for the Fun of It. The Matrix.3. Rust Never Sleeps. Media. Hardware. Infrastructure. Deterioration. Technological Obsolescence. Chaos Happens.4. Digital Data Management. The Data Life Cycle. Digital Data Management Technology. Hardware. Personal Data Management. Fast Forward.III. ECONOMICS. 5. The Digital Economy. Market, Money, Methods, Management, and Metrics. The Digital Data Economy. The Digital Hardware Economy. Computation versus Communications. Data Ownership. The Digital Economy.6. Spin Control. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Managing Risk. Managing Data Recovery. The Data Recovery Business. Taking a Proactive Stance.IV. SOCIETY. 7. Pervasive Data. Change Agents. Implications for Digital Data Management.8. The Socio-Technologic Future. Humanity's New Relationship with Data. Reality Check. The Society Page.V. SOLUTIONS. 9. Ensuring the Survival of Digital Data. Best Practices. Take-Away Heuristics. Specific Recommendations. Saving the Future.Bibliography. Resources. Archival Services. Archival Supplies. Audio Digitization and Processing Software/Hardware. Data Recovery Services. Digital Media and Paper CD Sleeves. Fire-Resistant Safes. Hardware and Software Dealers. Power Conditioners. Publications.Glossary. Index.
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