Printing Keys and using OCR.

Ryan Malayter malayter at
Thu May 17 16:28:32 CEST 2007

On 5/17/07, Andrew Berg <bahamut at> wrote:

> Aren't optical discs supposed to last for many decades if stored
> properly and almost never used?

Theory and practice are often far apart. The price of CD media has
dropped so low that quality is often an issue. CDfreaks has many
articles about this topic.

Also, who is to say that a CD or DVD drive will even be available
decades from now to read the discs? Could you read 8" floppy media on
any equipment you have or can buy today? Could you find a paper tape
machine to read data archived in the 1950s?

Anything but printed characters on paper will likely require some form
of archive maintenance over a decade timeframe.


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