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Milutin (not verified) April 29, 2012

I noticed some years ago that memories will become a problem of mankind. We tend more and more to keep things. Simply because we have more and more. And, when we are gone, our successors will most probably throw most of it. For instance, I collect beer labels. Some of them have kind of a value, but all that I managed to collect so far is more of a storage problem then something to care for. I guess that my daughter will simply throw them all - and I have no reason to argue against. Like other things, I keep my old files. Changing my computers and jobs I have some 5 - 6 back-ups. My first problem is actually hardware, as first two of them are on diskettes. Yes, new storage systems allow cheap solutions, but it takes time to more, rename, index all the archives. More and more, specially for my photos (and I have a looot of them), I consider renting space on-line, instead of buying additional external memory. When it comes to software problems, one of the challenges for me are fonts. In the early days of my computer work, I used a few fonts created by my brother. Simply, there was a reduced offer, and he was innovative enough to create new fonts. Now I am even scared to think about having to go back and somehow copy paste and correct files - mostly because of our Serbian specific letters ćšžčжђћчшџљњ
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Jovan Kurbalija April 29, 2012

Milutin, you made a good point. Today, there are more request for forgetting than remembering on the Internet. A few months ago the Economist had an article on the need to forget (delte old data) on the Internet: http://econ.st/JSWMsJ. Forgetting vs. remembering on the Internet is a good illustration of a messy policy situations where one option does not exclude the other. You can find a good arguments for both remembering and forgetting as the Economist did in these two articles. When it comes to beer labels, I still remember a complex exercise of removing the beer label from the Ethiopian beer, which I contributed to your collection. It was a great fun in the Addis restaurant, discussing with the waiter and a few guests the best strategy to remove the label in one piece. This story from Addis remains in my (human) memory!

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