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Future of Old Britts Technical Articles

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by bsaboss, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. XTINCT

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    Thank you!
     
  2. grandpaul

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    Thanx Ella and Fred. I appreciate all your help over the last 15 years, couldn't have done it without you!
     
  3. DDaC

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    Ditto on the thank you Ella and Fred. Pouring over your technical articles and speaking with you a few times in the last two years has been invaluable... as was an enlightening discussion about WW2, including the Eye of the Needle! We Norton owners owe you, big time!
     
  4. Stillreel

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    And the parts catalogue too. It's just as useful as the tech articles (Thanks Fred and Ella!)
     
  5. Mr. Rick

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    I'll chime in here and send my public Thanks to Fred and Ella, too. Fantastic service, full range of spares, free and easily accessible advice with the Tech articles, a terrific resource for the Norton community.
     
  6. swooshdave

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    https://archive.org/web/

    I’ve found sites I made in the early 90s.
     
  7. swooshdave

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  8. MexicoMike

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    I have used that and other archive sites successfully but I was not able to find three sites that disappeared within the last year. I have no idea how the archives actually work so I don't know why one site would be archived and another not. But in the case of the three sites I referred to earlier, no one has, so far, been able to reconstruct the data/messages/tech articles that were on those sites.

    Side rant:
    Seems ironic (or is it MOronic) that books/documents from 1000+ years ago are still around and readable when something written last week can be gone because of a glitch/software/hardware update. ;) I lost 200 pages of a doc I was writing/had stored on the cloud when the server died. The response - "Oops, sorry, here's a free storage upgrade for future documents." :(
     
  9. grandpaul

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    The "cloud" is an absolutely last resort, non-critical storage medium for me.

    I back up regularly from my thumb drive to my local hard drive, then monthly to DVD, and quarterly I copy the DVDs to an external archive drive.

    ZERO "cloud" for me. Even my photos get backed up physically, although readily uploadable copies reside on my PictureTrail account.
     
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  10. Onder

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    When I took records management in school 250 years ago we were told backup is three copies and one of them is remote to
    your server location. Your server, of course, is RAID array.
    It never failed me and I retired undefeated.
     
  11. gortnipper

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    Exactly. I have my laptop backed up to a RAID array, and that is backed up to thumb drives I keep out of my house.
     
  12. MexicoMike

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    Another related issue - what was once commonly readable may not be as time marches on. I have a bunch of docs that I wrote back in the early 80's and no current computer can even load the discs. ;)

    I should'a kept that TRS-80! :)
     
  13. grandpaul

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    Yep, I spent literally hundreds of hours drawing zoo animals from memory in MS paint on my 286 with early VGA color (640x480), stored onto a 5-1/4" 1.2MB floppy; each drawing was the large subject animal, some background habitat, and a tiny detailed insect or other creature hiding somewhere in the piece.

    A couple of years ago, I tried to read the floppy on an old PC I managed to slap together, and the disc had become unreadable. How sad, those memories were attached to our son as a little kid, he's now 33 and can't show them to our grandkids. They were some of my best drawings ever, as I don't typically do natural stuff, just bikes, cars, and other mechanical drawings, for the most part. They were also my first "correct" drawings, as I zoomed in and detailed them pretty extensively.

    I did have other drawings of Triumphs, this was before my Norton-inclusive days; those are also lost...

    BUNNY-TRAILING, sorry.
     
  14. Esmerela

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    We used to use those 5 "1/4 drives in ATM's, If your discs have been stored flat dry and away from magnets they should work, I would search around for another drive, TEAC were pretty good back in the day. If you are struggling companies like this may be the answer. http://www.datarecoverymasters.com/apages/20170208-2/5-14-floppy-disk-data-recovery-service/
     
  15. Onder

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    I have over 10k pictures on hard drives. Magnetic. DVD is way too small for backing this up. At some point magnetic will be a dodo and if Im
    still alive Ill have to migrate in time to whatever is the new standard. Of course, highly likely nobody will care about my pix and poof! they
    will be as gone as I will be.
    Technology marches on!