[LMB] OT: Backups using My Book Live

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Sun Jun 27 05:00:35 BST 2021

The problem with works from the ancient world is that they were
hand-copied, which made them fairly rare and expensive, and they were
almost always copied onto papyrus, which becomes crumbly fairly quickly.
I've thought that going back to Classical Antiquity and introducing
paper-making and the printing press (both well within their capabilities to
produce) would change things.  A lot.

After setting up as a publisher in Ancient Rome, I get a visit from the
Emperor Claudius, who is delighted that I'm doing so well.  "Hmmm...let me
see what you're selling here.  What's THIS?  *My Adventures in the Great
King's Harem?  The Pharaoh's Lust-Filled Concubines?  Naughty Suburan
Sweethearts? * This is trash!  This is filth!  This is pornography!"  *With
a grunt, I haul a bag of gold out from behind the counter and put it on the
counter, making the wood creak under the weight*  "This is a gold mine!"

On Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 10:11 PM WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:

> Personally I have three cloud backup services and a connected backup
> drive. Suspenders, belt, and body armor.
> Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can
> do no other. God help me.
> William A Wenrich
> ________________________________
> From: Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of
> Robert Woodward <Robert_A_Woodward at comcast.net>
> Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:19:27 AM
> To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold. <
> lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
> Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: Backups using My Book Live
> > On Jun 26, 2021, at 8:20 AM, Louann Miller <domelouann at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 8:38 AM Katherine (Kathy) Collett <
> > kcollett at hamilton.edu> wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> Yes.  As an archivist, I’m not happy with solutions that involve
> >> destroying the paper originals and rely on digitized copies stored …
> >> somewhere.  That said, one archival solution is LOCKSS — Lots Of Copies
> >> Keep Stuff Safe.  Store important things in many different places.
> >>
> >
> > I hear you, and I love that acronym. As the owner of a Western Digital
> > external hard drive, this piece of news alarmed me. But mine is a much
> > newer HD, different model, not internet accessible. I'm a great one for
> > redundant backups, especially for irreplaceable things like family
> photos.
> >
> > Footnote: in as much as it was practiced, partially and without
> > organization, the LOCKSS principle is why while the fall of Rome was
> > incredibly nasty for western civilization, it was not as bad as the
> various
> > Library of Alexandria fires. We're pretty sure. How would we know?
> >
> We have some idea of what survived the fall of Rome. But much is known to
> be missing:
> Only 1/4 of Livy’s _Ab Urbe Condita Libri_ (History of Rome) survived (his
> other works are missing).
> About half of volumes of Tacitus’s _Histories_ and _Annals_ have survived.
> While Pliny’s _Naturalis Historia_ (37 volumes) has survived, nothing else
> of his has.
> Note that these 3 works should had been widely copied.
> Also note the Roman entries in <
> https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FLost_literary_work%23Classical_world&data=04%7C01%7C%7C843eab6df338444ac5f608d938c70ffb%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637603249881384044%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=eSmx3h21aDv9hqLZ%2BZ9kbZAlMOi03n9pXrBK3%2FcylR4%3D&reserved=0
> >
> "We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
> Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
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