When I launched this blog I made a commitment that even years down the road that I would go to great lengths to preserve the data that has been written here.
This blog is not run by a big multi-national corporation and if it disappeared off the face of the net, I am of no illusion that it would not be replaced by a 1000 more like it. On the other hand this blog contains 1000’s of articles, linked to over 700 hours of spoken content and probably 200 plus videos that I have had a hand in.
I could only imagine my horror if for some reason all of that was lost. The loss of that data would be like a death of close family member. So imagine if you will, you are someone that actually gets paid a full time wage to write, and have written articles for many years for a large national newspaper. How would you feel if one morning you woke up and everything you have written over many years was simply erased?
This is the tragedy playing out for Thomas Crampton who has worked over at New York Times and the International Herald Tribune!
All I can say is I would be horrified, in fact it would take a restraining order to keep me from finding the idiots on the IT team that obviously have not a clue what he or she is doing. I am sure that it makes some of the people the reporter wrote about in a negative way happy.
This is one of the reasons the move of Geek News Central from MovableType to WordPress took so long we actually planned to make sure links to old articles remained mapped to the original articles.