“We could spend all of our time on digital stewardship and not have any time to do anything new,” says Cathy Marshall, a principal researcher in Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Lab who studies personal digital archiving. “People pick and choose what things they care about. Usually, they just kind of leave it to fate. I think people can care about things, but they just end up leaving it to fate, because it’s so hard to actually do anything about it.“
And this, folks, is why I believe in highly portable document formats that have stood the test of time — like plain text files or good old pen and paper. Often, it is the most simple of mediums that is the longest lasting.