Journal: News & Comment

Tuesday, February 18, 2003
# 8:01:00 AM:

File formats should be open

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Many of us trust key parts of our lives and businesses to computer programs. The problem comes when those programs store (even a little bit of) their information in closed formats, which can become impossible to work with if the program's maker goes out of business, gets sold, or otherwise makes the old information impossible to read. Here's a particularly nasty example, which I've been lucky enough to avoid by not having any employees, and thus no payroll.

It makes me want to archive all my Word documents to plain text, just to be safe.


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