Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Don't Put Your Stories at Risk

Technology has a tendency to move--occasionally in unpleasant ways--over time.

Remember those heart-rending stories you wrote back in 1983, Reagan's first term, with the world's most popular word processor, WordStar? When all your parts were still young and firm.
Just how likely are you to be able to open those gems today?

I'm guessing it'll be a struggle.

Well, it just so happens that I've got a suggestion.

In addition to your normal Save-and-Backup routine--you do back up regularly, don't you?--also save your files as raw text. Text files are the lowest common denominator on any operating system and can be opened by any text editor.

This will protect you from 'progress' and defend those dreamy-eyed tales from oblivion.

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