Paperkey question

Faramir at
Mon Feb 9 10:31:16 CET 2009

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Benjamin Donnachie escribió:
> Because media degrades and unlikely that the media of today will be
> readable in the future.  For example, you can't get 8" or 5.25"
> floppies for love nor money these days and 3.5' floppies are likely to
> go the same way.
> However, paper lasts a very long time.  It's your call and depends how
> much your key means to you.  Personally, I reckon that your key is
> more likely to become useless in the future.

  Yes, but, IMHO, the main advantage of having a paper backup, is it is
unlikely you would have a nasty surprise when you need the backup... a
CD can get damaged from one year to the next one... Maybe the room will
be too warm for them, or anything like that. I lost 10 CDs that where
stored in their boxes, and the individual boxes stored inside the
cardboard box (a 10 CDs package). They looked fine, but when I tried to
read the CDs, they where unreadable. And they where not exposed to
direct sun light.

  But a paper, maybe ink will turn grey instead of black, but it would
still be readable... and probably, if the paper itself starts rooting or
something, you will notice it before it's too late (or at least, you
have a good chance to notice it and be able to make a new backup).

  Best Regards
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