Wednesday, February 22, 2006

All is dust: online edition

You might notice (see the link at the bottom of the page) that I hang on like a security blanket to the musings I wrote after moving to New York, but before I started this particular blog. That link used to take you to Diary-X, where I'd written for about a year before moving over to the full scroll-happy goodness of Blogger. Well, last night, a friend who first introduced me to Diary-X — which has always claimed it isn't a blogging service, but an online diary site instead — told me that the servers at Dx had crashed.

All the work is gone — for the moment at least. And instead we find an error page and a list of FAQs. There is a chance that the data will be recovered, but we won't know that until at least Friday, according to what I read somewhere. In the meantime, I'm left with the question: Should I have backed that up? Am I missing out on a glimpse into my early days as a New Yorker? Should I be sad? How much of what we write here is worth saving? I'm not going to pretend that there's any great literature here, but it gets you thinking about the digital world and backing things up and what should make the journey to hard copy and what's better left to the fickle winds of digital limbo.

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