#09 Why Print? (Part 1: The Hedge)

 As you get older, your life is literally littered with old tech formats that are increasingly impossible to access and devices that are not easily connected back up to be managed. Will the cloud solve that? Sorta…

As you get older, your life is literally littered with old tech formats that are increasingly impossible to access and devices that are not easily connected back up to be managed. Will the cloud solve that? Sorta…

 This happens.

This happens.

I’m only 55, but already in my life i have lots of accounts I can no longer access, passwords that have been lost (or email accounts required that are fallow), file formats that cannot be read, and so forth. Seriously: I have 3/4” tape cassettes, VHS tapes, MiniDV tapes, Zip disks, Floppy Disks, SCSI drives, even last years’ laptop… if you think your cloud-based secure files are safe and readily accessible, by you, by your family once you’ve passed, etc… then go right ahead storing everything there with comfort. But the fact is: print the important stuff. There are many many reasons to make prints, but as a hedge to shifts in technology is a good one.


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