Last week, I started thinking about a book I wrote about 10 years ago. It's one of my favorite stories. It has a timeless premise, and I wondered if I could rewrite and update it. I knew the document wasn't on my new laptop, so I first checked my external hard drive that served as backup from my last computer.
Uh-oh. No file folder for the story, no documents, no nothing. And then I realized that 10 years ago was also 6 computers ago. After some serious searching, I found my "backup" floppy disks from 2001. I'm sure I could probably go to an antique store and buy something that would allow me to read these disks, but who wants to spend money on something so outdated?
The search made me pause to think about the rapid changes we've seen in storage techology. I have saved documents on (truly) floppy disks, rigid floppy disks, Sytec drives (whatever those were!), CDs, DVDs, external hard drives, and flash drives. And now cyber technology has given us the unseen cloud for storage. Where does it go from here?
Fortunately, I have two printed drafts of the book. And since I'm doing major rewriting anyway, I don't mind re-keying it. Sometimes old school is the best school.