Zen and the Art of Data Restoration. Zen and the Art of Data Restoration Standardization is elusive, even though there are so many standards to choose from. Or perhaps because there are so many. Nevertheless, for many years I have been pursuing an elusive goal of digitizing, standardizing, and archiving all of mydata. In this chapter of the journey, I ended up purchasing a 15-year-old computer to restore one file.
For anyone who wants a lesson in why standardization is good, file naming conventions are important, and backwards compatibility is essential, you need to read Erik's outstanding compilation of what he did to move from one computer to another.
And yes, he really does pay that much attention to detail in real life. [tins ::: Rick Klau's weblog]