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    Default Travel back to 1986 with the Doomsday Project Revisited


    In 1986 the BBC produced a product for educational use called the "Doomsday Project". It came out as an interactive laserdisc.

    They have archived the data in a project called Doomsday revisited this is the area covering moulton where I live
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesda...4000/picture/3

    it has some quaint and intresting things, as well as pictures, comments etc from the time on the local area, maybe some intresting leads..



    You can look at other areas that you may have known at the time. I am working on a project that will use this data but thought that those of you with a few spare hour or two can get into their time machines and tour the UK of the 1986... It will give you something to do on these cold nights when you dont feel like going out to explore....

    mo

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    Ah yes, laserdiscs. When they came to revisit this,20 years later, they found no one had a working disc reader, it was old technology by then. The BBC was literally forced to scour the country looking for a working piece of hardware.

    Laserdisc were ahead of there time, and as a result too expensive and never took off. Plus OFC the cd/dvd wiped them out.

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    If the BBC didnt keep the origionals that say a lot for us all...

    My worry us that although with digital cameras and phones this is the most photographed period in 30 years time when 95% of those images are lost it will be the least recorded. Some time ago I was given a glass plate over 100 years old but with a few simple chemicals and some paper produced a photograph.

    If someone finds a CF card in their grandfaters loft in 100years time they nwilll be lucky to know what it is let alone how to get a picture off it... Intresting times.

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    Yes, digital media has created a new problem - transferring the digital media from the old to the new every time a new media is invented, and its happening at an ever increasing rate. Consider

    Vinyl LP's lasted 80 years
    Cassette tapes lasted 30 years
    8 Track lasted 10 years
    CD's lasted 20 years
    DVD's 15 years


    Each successive generation of technology last less than the one it replaced. Cloud Computing and memory cards is where its at. By keeping your data up on the net, it becomes hardware independent. Its the way to go. I have a domain and hosting, I keep all my digital bits there and in a file hosting service.

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