But...but...BUT....  haven't we been trying to tell everyone THIS ISN'T 
THE ISSUE?!?!?!?!?!?!?

But they're not listening. Any article I find when I search on "problems 
with long term structured data storage" almost invariably talk about 
storage media & platforms. Precious few talk about issues like updates 
made to mainframe applications that make it difficult to read older data, 
or a solution for when you're moving a function to a brand new computer 
application that is so different from your old computer application that 
the data can't be migrated - you no longer will have the license to use 
the old application and it won't be supported anyway. So how do you read 
that data five years hence? The more I read, the more I come to understand 
that the IT world just doesn't have an answer to these issues yet.

Gary Link
Pittsburgh, PA
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